April 13th, 2011
Dashes and parentheses have opposite effects. Parentheses de-emphasize information, while dashes call attention to it. Click here for our April newsletter, which explains how you can use both kinds of punctuation mark confidently.
Write It Well’s newly updated book Essential Grammar includes a clear chapter on comma usage and another chapter on correct uses for colons, semicolons, hyphens, parentheses, and dashes. The book is a thorough review of the fundamental grammar you need to project a credible, professional image through your writing. It also includes nuances of punctuation and grammar that help writing stand out for its polish and precision.