One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short dash (–) used in punctuation, in particular between figures to show a range (for example, 1939–45).Compare with em rule
- ‘In print, the dash is usually represented by an em rule, although some styles favour the shorter en rule with a space on either side.’
- ‘Do not use an en rule in place of a hyphen.’
- ‘Use an en rule rather than a hyphen between the numbers.’
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