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    cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    These days I am studying different uses of em dash.

    Does "em dash" mean "such as" here?
    Also, the color pink often reminds me of beautiful spring blossoms—cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    With the 'maybe' it does. Without 'maybe', I'd take it to mean only those flowers you've named.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    Thanks Raymott.
    But "tulip" is not spring blossoms. Is it?

    The sentence is confusing.
    Does the author mean the following?, or are "tulips" as an example too?
    "Also, the color pink often reminds me of beautiful spring blossoms—cherry blossoms, or (of) tulips, maybe."
    Last edited by yi-ing; 17-Oct-2017 at 13:35.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    The person may be using the term loosely. They start out thinking about blossom and then include tulips.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Thanks Raymott.
    But "tulip" is not spring blossoms. Is it?
    No, they are apparently not true blossoms.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    So if we want not to use em dash, is the following correct?

    Also, the color pink often reminds me of beautiful spring blossoms such as cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe.

    However, I thought the following was correct because I didn't consider "tulips" as blossoms:
    Also, the color pink often reminds me of beautiful spring blossoms such as cherry blossoms, or of tulips, maybe.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    They're both OK to me, even though tulips aren't strictly blossoms.

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    Re: cherry blossoms, or tulips, maybe. (em dash #3)

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    So if we don't want not to use an em dash, is the following correct?
    See above.
    I am not a teacher.

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