Dash  — .

When to use ‘dash’.

1. When you want to emphasize on what’s coming next in the sentence, add a dash before it.

For example .

  • The main message of the movie is — to treat everyone with respect.
  • They are calling it — ‘The Grand Conference.’

2. When you want to separate the non-essential part of a sentence from the essential parts, add dashes before and after the non-essential part.

For example .

  • Everyone who has applied for this course — including the people who are yet to pay — is automatically registered for one free workshop.
  • This is a true story — sad, but true — about what life is like, in these areas.