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    Question The use of dashes in UK press titles

    Hello.

    I'm a bit unsure about the way some UK newspapers use dashes. It seems that they use it in lieu of a comma.

    Check this title for instance:

    I despise the nanny state - but it's the only cure for Flat Slob UK

    Osborne was the future once - now Gove drive the Tories on


    Is it -as I guessed- used instead of a comma? And why is that? Why don't they just use a comma?




    Another question with regard to dahses, can I put a comma right after a dash.

    For example.
    He was accompanied by John -God bless him-, James, and Robert.


    Warmest regards.

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    Re: The use of dashes in UK press titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Iliaa View Post
    Hello.

    I'm a bit unsure about the way some UK newspapers use dashes. It seems that they use it in lieu of a comma.

    Check this title for instance:

    I despise the nanny state - but it's the only cure for Flat Slob UK

    Osborne was the future once - now Gove drive the Tories on


    Is it -as I guessed- used instead of a comma? And why is that? Why don't they just use a comma?




    Another question with regard to dahses, can I put a comma right after a dash.

    For example.
    He was accompanied by John -God bless him-, James, and Robert.


    Warmest regards.

    The dash is used for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is similar to a significant pause in a conversation (wait for it, wait for it) followed by a punchline.

    I would never follow a dash with a comma. It already functions as a comma -- plus.

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    Re: The use of dashes in UK press titles

    I would say it's actually seen as something close to a new sentence. Certainly an interjection.

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    Re: The use of dashes in UK press titles

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The dash is used for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is similar to a significant pause in a conversation (wait for it, wait for it) followed by a punchline.

    I would never follow a dash with a comma. It already functions as a comma -- plus.

    Thank you.
    So, what would you use instead of the comma?
    I did not get the -- thing. You are suggesting that I use --?

    Could you rewrite the sentence in they way you find best.

    Thank you.


    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I would say it's actually seen as something close to a new sentence. Certainly an interjection.
    Thank you.
    But as you can see in the second sentence, the second part has a "but", and it is a clause not a new sentence.

    Thank you.
    I despise the nanny state - but it's the only cure for Flat Slob UK
    Read more at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/n...quHZp8XVvzp.99


    I despise the nanny state - but it's the only cure for Flat Slob UK
    Read more at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/n...quHZp8XVvzp.99

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