What's the difference between en-dash (--) and em-dash (---)?
What's the proper usage of it?
- JediLv 59 years agoFavorite Answer
An en-dash (N-dash) is used for things like specifying a range of values (ex. 1:00–2:00, ages 40–90) and scoring (ex. Jason beat Michael 142–3). It is longer than a hyphen.
An em-dash (M-dash) can be used for things like when a speaker is interrupted:
Jimmy said,"Yo, I want to eat your pudding and your—"
"NO!!! I don't want you to do that!!!" interrupted Akira.
Or it can be used in place of an ellipses (...):
ex. Darth Vader said,"I sense something, a presence I have not felt since—"
The em-dash is longer than the en-dash and the hyphen.
Comparison of lengths:
By the way, in case you were wondering where I got the en-dash and the em-dash symbols from, I got them from the Character Map in Windows (just type in "dash" in the search). I'm not sure how to get the en-dash and em-dash for Macs, though.