|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 7, 2001, 20:35|
Robert Hailman wrote:
> I tend not to use parentheses, but sometimes I do. I do use hyphens a
> lot, where parentheses or commas would be expected - "So I was talking
> to Fred the other day - you met him at that party a week ago - and he
> said..." but more formal than that.
Perfectly fine, but use them two at a time to form a dash.
You can make up your own mind about whether to use spaces around the
dash or not.
> I've never seen a style guide
> address that use, even to warn against it, and I've never been told
> using them was bad style.
Dashes should be used in pairs -- this is the way you do it -- to
emphasize the part being set off. An unpaired dash indicates a radical
change of direction for the sentence -- like this.
"Dashes emphasize, parentheses reduce, commas merely enclose."
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