Punctuation. Dashes

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the third edition of the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participates with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.



    • A dash is similar in appearance to a hyphen but is longer and used differently. The most common version of the dash is the en dash. Use it with spaces to make a parenthetical reference.

      This morning's lecture rescheduled from last week was given by Professor Mulligan.

    • Use it without spaces to express a connection or to indicate a date, time or number range.

      GironaBarcelona bus staffstudent relationship

      20072010 3.157.30 p.m. 4050 students

    • Remember that ranges can be expressed by an en dash or by the words from and to (or between and and), but never by a combination of from (or between) and an en dash.

      *The Arabic discussion group will meet from 3 p.m.–6.30 p.m. on Thursdays.
      The Arabic discussion group will meet from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Thursdays.