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Sep 16 / Katie Buddingh

Em dash vs. En dash

Em Dashes

express strong grammatical breaks. An em dash is one em wide—the width of the point size of the typeface. In manuscripts, dashes are often represented with a double hyphen (–); these must be replaced.

— em dash = shift-option-hyphen


En Dashes

serve primarily to connect numbers (1–10). An en is half the width of an em. Manuscripts rarely employ en dashes, so the designer needs to supply them.

– en dash = option-hyphen



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