[NTG-context] Use of em dash and en dash

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Mon Mar 21 11:08:12 CET 2011

Am Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:51:44 +0100 schrieb Cecil Westerhof:

> Until now I always used a - (minus sign) to define a sub sentence or for an
> optional word, like:
>     This is -now- not necessary,
> I understood that normally you use the em dash for this. But for only a
> word, this seems a little big. Could I then use an en dash or should I keep
> using a minus sign?

It depends. In germany I would use an en dash and put spaces around
it: dies ist -- noch -- nicht notwendig. 

Older english books often use --- without spaces: is---now. But
spaces and endash with spaces are used too:


So check the typography rules of your country/language. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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