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D ash: Enclosing the Parenthetical Expression
 
Lesson 5-29
Prompt:A dash (sometimes typed as a double hyphen) may be also used to set off parenthetical expressions when the writer desires to direct special attention and special emphasis to the expression: "She is — in my humble opinion — the smartest person I know."
Directions:Each sentence below contains a parenthetical expression. Insert a dash in each sentence by clicking the space between the words where you desire a dash to be.
1.Thedashnottobeoverusedisamostflexiblemarkofpunctuation.
2.Whatapersoncallshomealittlepieceofheaveniswheretheperson'sheartisgrounded.
3.Playingthe gameofbaseballournationalpastimeisarewardingexperience.
4.TheSyracuseUniversityathleticteamstheOrangemenandtheOrangewomencompeteatthenationallevel.
5.OurplannedvacationthisyearpartlyinWyomingandpartlyinCaliforniawillbeinAugust.
6.Itwasobviouscouldtherebeanydoubtthatshehadaseriousproblem.
7.Hewasseennotforthefirsttimeatthebeachbeforeschool.
8.HisexcusethemostoutrageousIhadeverheardwasreceivedwithlittlesuspicion.
9.WearingtheYankeeuniformcantherebeanydoubtturnsaverageplayersintogreatplayers.
10.Asoftanswerthebestwaytowinanargumentavoidsmuchwrath.
11.Experiencehasproventobewhocouldeverdoubtthebestteacher.
12.Hisalmamaterhesharedforthemillionthtimewastheschoolofhardknocks.
13.TheschoolalongtheChattahoocheeRiverhowcanIeverforgetwasFortBenning'sschoolforarmyboysandgirls.
14.LearninghowtomakeaparachutelandingfallatalentnevertobeforgottenisoneofthelessonslearnedattheFortBenningAirborneSchool.
15.TheArmyRangerSchoolavailabletoonlythemostdedicatedtroopersteachescombatskillsbehindenemylines.
16.Aspunctuationgoes,thedashthemostversatileofpunctuationmarkscanbeusedinmanydifferentways.
17.HerconstantadmonitionhowcanIeverforgetservedmewellwhenIlefthome.
18.LearningEnglishgrammarthereisnodoubtwillbringmanyrewards.
19.Theeffectivenessofthedashawritersoonlearnsisdiminishedwhenitisoverused.
20.Anendlesssummeratthebeachwhocouldeverdoubtismydreamcometrue.