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Old 09-01-2008, 01:53 PM
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Emdash

A double dash used to indicate a break in thought or sentence structure, an interruption, or to emphasize a group of words.

He thought—no, he knew—she wasn't the one for the job.(break in sentence structure)
“But I don't know how to—” (interruption)
He had those things—lobsters and other crustaceans—in his collection. (emphasis)

An emdash can also be used to set off a beat within dialogue:

“Here”—he handed her some gloves—“you aren't finished yet.” (break in speech)

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