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    Em Dash and comma

    Hi Friends!

    This is a little complex.

    This is an example using both em dash and comma. Please do let me know whether both forms are okay.

    1) He tried to create a little wealthand a little securityin that situation.

    2) He tried to create a little wealth, and a little security, in that situation. (the reason for comma is because I want a pause after wealth).

    What I mean is: em dash creates a nice pause and THEN we add 'a little security' right after that. Can we also use comma in its place to create a similar effect?

    Thanks,
    Mr. X

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    Re: Em Dash and comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hi Friends!

    This is a little complex.

    This is an example using both em dash and comma. Please do let me know whether both forms are okay.

    1) He tried to create a little wealthand a little securityin that situation.

    2) He tried to create a little wealth, and a little security, in that situation. (the reason for comma is because I want a pause after wealth).

    What I mean is: em dash creates a nice pause and THEN we add 'a little security' right after that. Can we also use comma in its place to create a similar effect?

    Thanks,
    Mr. X
    NOT A TEACHER.

    Both sentences are correct. The first one puts more emphasis on "and a little security."

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    Re: Em Dash and comma

    I'd use the em-dash, but it's just a matter of style which one you choose.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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