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    #1

    Can you use dash for missing words in English?

    For example:

    Every night something spoiled his sleep. Once it was a noise from the neighbors, other time - a thunderstorm.

    Should I use dash before 'a thunderstorm' or I must replace it with 'it was'?
    (I heard people speak like this, not repeating 'it was' all the time, so when I write this down, should I use dash?)

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    #2

    Re: Can you use dash for missing words in English?


    **** I am not a teacher ****

    A dash is not needed, and you don't need to use 'it was' again in the same sentence. But instead of 'other time', you can say 'another time'.

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    Re: Can you use dash for missing words in English?

    thanks!

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