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    -I will not! Use of line

    I do not know its correct name, I just called it, line.

    "I will not mary him, Papa-I will not"

    Would you please explain the part coming after Papa. Is it a speaking line?

    Source: The Unexpected Bride by Barbara Cartland.

    Thank you.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    This punctuation mark is called a dash. It should be longer than a hyphen (which you have typed), but it's not easy to create one on a standard keyboard.*

    Dash

    There are two main occasions on which a dash can be used, usually in informal writing:

    • to mark off information that is not essential to an understanding of the rest of the sentence

    Many birds—do you like birds?—can be seen outside the window.

    • to show other kinds of break in a sentence where a comma, semicolon, or colon would be traditionally used

    Tommy can't wait for Christmas—he's very excited.
    Read more about dashes.
    (Dictionary.com)

    * This has been a source of annoyance to me all my life - especially as there are other symbols and non-standard punctuation marks on my keyboard which I'm never going to use.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Jun-2017 at 18:23.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    As you can see from Rover's thread above, about the only way to create a "dash" is to use the hyphen symbol but put a space either side of it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    And to further confuse - nay, compound - the issue, there are actually two dashes - namely the em dash and the en dash - yielding - count them - one - two - three - truncated punctuation lines of varying length - for which we have but one keyboard symbol - at least one easily placed with but a single keystroke.

    -Skrej

    Edit: Note to learners - you'd never actually use as many as I just did. The sentence above was written in jest.
    Last edited by Skrej; 27-Jun-2017 at 22:18. Reason: contextualizing joke
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "I will not mary him, Papa-I will not"
    Please note the correct spelling of "marry".

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Would you please explain the part coming after Papa. Is it a speaking line?
    Yes, it's used for emphasis. It's basically a repetition.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Would you please explain the part coming after Papa Is it a speaking line?
    If you mean "punctuation indicating that the following text is spoken dialog" (as a dash can do in French and perhaps other languages), then no, it isn't. English doesn't use dashes that way.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    And to further confuse - nay, compound - the issue, there are actually two dashes - namely the em dash and the en dash - yielding - count them - one - two - three - truncated punctuation lines of varying length - for which we have but one keyboard symbol - at least one easily placed with but a single keystroke.

    -Skrej

    Edit: Note to learners - you'd never actually use as many as I just did. The sentence above was written in jest.
    Did you intend to use different kinds of dash in your text or just one because I can't differentiate them from what you wrote.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    This punctuation mark is called a dash. It should be longer than a hyphen (which you have typed), but it's not easy to create one on a standard keyboard.*

    (Dictionary.com)

    * This has been a source of annoyance to me all my life - especially as there are other symbols and non-standard punctuation marks on my keyboard which I'm never going to use.
    I can do this in Microsoft Word by adding a spacebar after the hyphen but the editing tools for this forum don't allow that.

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    Re: -I will not! Use of line

    The em and en dashes are a publisher thing IMO. We can live without the distinction. I certainly do.

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