Hyphen, en dash and em dash

Just now I was looking for how to type an emdash on the Mac (and also, whether my intended use was actually correct). I found this great little article.

En and em dashes are of­ten ap­prox­i­mated by typ­ing two or three hy­phens in a row (-- or --- ). Don’t do that—it’s an­other type­writer habit. Use real dashes.

The shortcuts are surprisingly simple on the Mac. The hyphen is just, well, the hyphen (a.k.a. minus, next to the +/= key). An en dash is created by pressing ⌥ - (option + hyphen). An em dash is ⌥ ⇧ - (option + shift + hyphen).

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