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Using Parentheses, Hyphens, Dashes, and Italics
Transcript of Using Parentheses, Hyphens, Dashes, and Italics
Use full parentheses to enclose numbers or letters used for listed items.
Periods go inside parentheses only if an entire sentence is inside the parentheses. En Dash
Em Dash Italics Titles
Names of Vehicles
Words as Words Compound verbs are either hyphenated or appear as one word.
Generally, hyphenate between two or more adjectives when they come before a noun and act as a single idea
Hyphenate all coumpundnumbers from twenty-one through ninety-one. Hyphens Dashes Italics #1: I expected five hundred dollars ($500).
He finally answered (after taking five minutes to think) that he didn't understand the question #2: We need an emergency room physician who can (1)think quickly, (2) treat patients respectfully, and (3) handle complaints from the public. #3:
Please read the analysis (I enclosed it as Attachment A.).
Please read the analysis. (I enclosed it as Attachment A.)
Please read the analysis (Attachment A) #1: To air-condition the house will be costly. #2: Friendly-looking man #3: The teacher had thirty-two children in her classroom. En-Dash:
The year 2001–2003
January–June Em Dash:
You are the friend—the only friend—who offered to help me.
I pay the bills—she has all the fun.
I need three items at the store—dog food, vegetarian chili, and chedder cheese. Titles:
Journals and Magazines: Time, U.S. News and World Report, Crazyhorse,
Plays: Waiting for Godot, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Cinema: Slingblade, Shine, The Invisible Man
Television and Radio Programs: Dateline, Seinfeld, Fresh Air, Car Talk
Artworks: the Venus de Milo, Whistler's The Artist's Mother
Famous Speeches: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Washington's Second
Long Poems (that are extensive enough to appear in a book by themselves):
Longfellow's Evangeline, Milton's Paradise Lost, Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Pamphlets: New Developments in AIDS Research Names of Vehicles:
Orient Express Words as Words: There were four and's and one therefore in that sentence.