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    #1

    ― the world was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be ―

    Is this also an emphasis? I mean the dash.
    ex)The important lesson I learned at Billups ― the world was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be ― was a little painful.
    It meant I was a lot smaller than Id realized. I went on to attend a state university and I began to write about my disappearing dreams and new dreams, about wishing and disappointment and feeling small. One day a professor
    there took hold of me and said, Youre a writer. Until then, I hadnt reall

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    Re: ― the world was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be ―

    Paired dashes mark a parenthesis. The material introduced parenthetically may provide emphasis; but in this case it doesn't. It just explains what 'the lesson' was.

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    Re: ― the world was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be ―

    I'm trying to practice using punctuation nowdays. When can I use paired dashes for explanation other than emphasis?
    Does it depend on a writer's decision?

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    #4

    Re: ― the world was a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be ―

    In something like this first example, the dashes mark a parentheisis that is emphatic. In the second example, there is no emphasis -just more information. (Note: even when not paired, a dash needn't signify emphasis; see my last sentence for an example.)

    Examples with parenthetical dahses:

    • The notice said that everybody - on pain of death - had to go. [Emphasis]
    • I used to go - every Monday - to the farm. [No emphasis]


    But I'm not the best theorist on punctuation - especially where dashes are involved. Wait for some other views.

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