Dashes vs Colons
By: Juliah Seymour & Max
Colons help to define what was said before the colon so the reader can further understand the sentence. The clause after the colon amplifies the statement before the colon.
A dash is a break in the flow of the sentence to make the words after the dash more dramatic or to let the reader know that the information is important.
A colon should be used in more formal writing, while a dash is for informal writing.
When Should Each be Used?
When the puppy saw the shadow, he barked — but it was more like a squeak.
The jurors reached a verdict after months of deliberation — guilty.
Monkeys are omnivores: they eat flowers, seed, fruit, and nuts.
The family debated where to go on vacation: the beach, lake, or mountains.