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    that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    When I was a teenager I was stung by a bee. For most people, that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    What does "—" mean in sentences?
    Can we use in an academic writing?
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    You could use a semicolon.

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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    So, what "—" means in a sentence depends on a situation.
    Here, can we use "and"?
    When I was a teenager I was stung by a bee. For most people, that is not much of a problem, and it just hurts a lot.
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    I think 'and' as a conjunction is correct there.
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    The mark you're asking about is an em-dash. It's called that because it's as long as the letter M. In the sample sentence, it represents a break in the narrative. When reading aloud, you pause for an em-dash about as long as you pause for a semicolon.
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    There should be a space either side of that dash.
    We don't put a space either side of a hyphen.

    It's not much of a problem — it just hurts a lot.
    I'm looking for a dog-friendly hotel.

    (Note that you might have trouble creating an em dash on your keyboard. I know I do! I have to go into the main Edit dropdown, then Characters & Emojis, search for "em dash", then add it manually. I tend not to bother. Normally, I use the same symbol as the hyphen but with a space either side. I went to the effort of using the proper em dash above just to make it clear.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Sep-2017 at 14:20.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    How about:

    For most people, that is not much of a problem, just that it hurts a lot.
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    There is no space before and after the em dashes below.
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/gr...sh-and-em-dash
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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    How about:

    For most people, that is not much of a problem; it's just that it hurts a lot.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: that is not much of a problem—it just hurts a lot.

    Simply replace the em-dash in the original sentence with a full stop and capitalize the letter after it.
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