-, —, –, − (Hyphen, M-dash, N-dash, Minus Sign): Their Creation & Proper Use

-, —, –, − (Hyphen, M-dash, N-dash, Minus Sign): Their Creation & Proper Use
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This PPT-size (960×720) animated GIF (812 KB; 6 continuously looping 6-sec frames) can be used as a PPT slide in a grammar/punctuation presentation or as a bell-ringer for English and essay-writing classes (also, image can be used on a handout). Content covers the creation of the different dash types using alt-num codes and unicodes (such as creating the typesetter’s minus sign by entering 2212 + Alt-x). Also shows that different fonts may portray these characters differently (e.g., Courier New shows them all looking about the same; Arial shows them all distinct). Smoothly successive frames highlight each type of dash so that continuous reading is not too distracted by the changing emphasis on individual parts. In PowerPoint’s slide-show mode, you can pause an animated GIF by Right-Clicking your mouse and then later resume animation with a Left-Click. It’s also possible to extract individual frames if needed. Used/tested and engaging with English Composition, English 101. Suggested alt-text (100 characters) for image: Specific types of dashes have a distinct look and purpose—create them with alt-num codes & unicodes!

To learn how to make such animated GIFs using PowerPoint and a free online AGIF maker, see PowerPoint slide show Animated GIFs—How to Make and Use.

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Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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