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Lesson 428

Mechanics - Punctuation - Dashes

 

Dashes are used to give emphasis to written ideas and are typed by using two hyphens. They should be used sparingly.

 

Use a dash to indicate a summarizing clause. Example: The house, the yard, the garage--they had remained untouched.

 

Instructions: Use dashes where they are needed in the following sentences.

 

1. Kitchen, living room, bedrooms they were just as dirty as ever.

 

2. Oil, steel, wheat they were the backbone of industrialization.

 

3. Policemen, teachers, garbage collectors these are people that we cannot do without.

 

4. Cars, homes, businesses they were destroyed everywhere by the earthquake.

 

5. Families, jobs, hope these the war had nearly decimated everywhere.

 

 

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Answers:

 

1. Kitchen, living room, bedrooms--they were just as dirty as ever.

 

2. Oil, steel, wheat--they were the backbone of industrialization.

 

3. Policemen, teachers, garbage collectors--these are people that we cannot do without.

 

4. Cars, homes, businesses--they were destroyed everywhere by the earthquake.

 

5. Families, jobs, hope--these the war had nearly decimated everywhere.

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