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Understand the Correct Use of the Dash

In this worksheet, students will be asked to punctuate embedded and independent clauses using a dash.

'Understand the Correct Use of the Dash' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Punctuate Independent Clauses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will be asked to punctuate independent clauses using a dash.

 

running hare

 

No, not that sort of dash!

 

A dash is a very important piece of punctuation as it can do the job of brackets, commas or even a colon.

A dash can inject extra, important information into a sentence.

A dash can also add emphasis and give more meaning to a sentence.

Dashes are usually employed in more informal pieces of writing.

 

Example 1:

Upon collecting her stickers from the shop (10 in total), Sarah walked home.

This becomes...

Upon collecting her stickers from the shop - 10 in total - Sarah walked home.

In this example, the dashes took the place of the brackets and punctuated the embedded clause.

 

Example 2:

A dash can also be used once, rather than twice to punctuate clauses. In the example below, the dash is taking the place of a colon.

I could only see one thing - the huge, ancient castle.

 

castle

 

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