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    #1

    Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world

    Does the dash in "Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world" function as an emphasis or paraphrasing?
    Does dash always function as emphasis in sentences?


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    ex) One morning I came across a catalog for a college preparatory school called Billups Academy. It had a summer program and offered scholarships for high school students to deepen and extend their intellectual, aesthetic, and moral interests. I applied for and won a scholarship. Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world. I was used to big skies, wild water, snakes and horses, and solitude. What waited for me in (d) this new world was tree-lined avenues, brick buildings with white pillars, and a wood-paneled library.

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    Re: Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world

    NOT A TEACHER

    Since Billups wasn't just another school, what follows the dash is a further clarification of what it really was. I would therefore say that it's neither an emphasis or a paraphrase.

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    Re: Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world

    Can I also use a semicolon or a colon for that kind of further clarification? If there's a fixed rule to choose among dash, semicolon, and colon, it would be quite convenient.

    Billups wasn’t just another school (;:―) it was another world.

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    Re: Billups wasnt just another school ― it was another world

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If there's a fixed rule to choose among dash, semicolon, and colon, it would be quite convenient.
    Oh, wouldn't that be lovely?!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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