Educator Resources for Hyphens and Dashes

Hyphens and en dashes, and em dashes, oh, my! Say hello to the punctuation marks that separate phrases, words, parts of words, and numbers. They pop up everywhere you look, but make no mistake—they're not one size fits all! A hyphen is the shortest, but it also has the most uses. You'll find it in compound words, phone numbers, dictionary entries, and more! An en dash means "to" or "through" and is used to write time intervals and number ranges. An em dash—the longest of the bunch—is used to separate (and call special attention to) thoughts or ideas. Click "play" to learn more about how to make these little lines a big part of your writing!