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    Dash or Hyphen?

    What is the proper way to read the sign "-"?
    Is it "dash" or "hyphen"?


    my-shop.com
    Last edited by englishhobby; 13-Dec-2014 at 20:03.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    I am not a teacher.

    It's a hyphen.

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    #3

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    It's also a minus sign in the appropriate context.

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    #4

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    With a space before and after, it's commonly used as a dash when '—' is not available - like that.

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    #5

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    Many use two hyphens to indicate a dash.

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    #6

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    Please use the default font. (I had trouble reading that, and I'm wearing eyeglasses. (I mean the first post, of course.))

    (I was thinking just what Mike "said" -- is that weird or what?)


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    #7

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    Just to make it more fun, there are two types of dashes: en-dashes and em-dashes.
    If you ever want to talk dashes, ask.
    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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    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    I never understood the need for en-dashes. One dash is enough.

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    #9

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    I still can't understand - when you read the name out loud (my-shop.ru), should you use the word "dash" or "hyphen"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #10

    Re: Dash or Hyphen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's also a minus sign in the appropriate context.
    I gave the example - my-shop.ru. Is it right to say that if you dictate this name to someone on the phone you should say "hyphen", not "dash"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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