Writing: A College Handbook - The Dash, Parentheses, the Slash (Ch. 33)
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[FROM THE TEXT]
Use a dash to introduce a word, phrase, or clause that summarizes or restates what comes just before; to set off an interruption that is important to the meaning of the sentence but not grammatically part of it; to set off a series of specific items; or to indicate an unfinished remark. Use parentheses to enclose words, phrases, or complete sentences that offer a side comment or help to clarify a point; to enclose numerals or letters introducing the items of a list; or to enclose numerals clarifying or confirming a spelled-out number. Use a slash, or virgule, to indicate alternative items; to mark off lines of poetry when you run them on as if they were prose; or to type a fraction that is not on the keyboard of your typewriter or computer.
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