Lesson No. 2 on dashes: Use them when there’s an abrupt change, interruption or addition to a sentence.
- I’ll bet she never smiled — why would she?
- What would be the point of saying more — I’ve explained everything I can.
- Sometimes you just need a friend — even when there are lots of acquaintances around.
This is the first in a three-part series on when to use dashes … because sentences and paragraphs filled with dashes are not cute. And they’re often hard to read.
The easiest to remember and most common use for dashes is when separating a list of items within a phrase.
- Chante liked having things to do — biking, swimming, cooking — and made sure there was time.
- The show was everything you’d want — excellent singing, dynamic dancing, engaged audience — and was well worth the money.
Really, I do. And since I’m in Chicago — me and R. Kelly’s hometown — but flying back to Atlanta today, here are a few rules for things flight-related.
- Capitalize “Flight,” and use numerals: Flight 1545
- Same with “Terminal” and “Gate”: Terminal 7; Gate C
- Airline companies take capitalized names, being proper nouns and all: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, etc.
- Also capitalize the proper names of airports: Midway International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
- You can shorten the name of an airport, but don’t make one up: John F. Kennedy International Airport can be shortened to Kennedy Airport, but Boston Airport doesn’t exist. It’s actually Logan International Airport, or, if you prefer, Logan Airport.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! That’s right, spell out “fourth” and capitalize it. Same goes if you write July Fourth.
Now, to the most important part of this post: Who’s barbecuing?
Enjoy your day!