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what does the dash here mean?

Considering https://www.grammarly.com/blog/dash/, to convey the same literal meaning, I think a dash can be replaced with a comma, a colon, or a blank, but in the below, "stage three pancreatic ...
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Does the use of the em dash work here? Should there be a comma after the second em dash?

Presenting two main aspects of her practice—slow art and language—this exhibition is a coalescence of her enthralment with everyday marvels and her fascination with the intricacies and nuances of ...
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Should the comma be em dash in this context?

In this following context, is the simple type of second part ''there exists not even for the life span...'' ? Should the comma (,) after the word ''persistent'' be ''em dash (–)''? Because I think the ...
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Punctuation Structure

And don't let anyone play tricks with you. I - er - gather that discipline was not always your strong point at Melbury? This text is from Good Bye Mr. Chips (Novel, first chapter). Can anyone explain ...
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What type of dash is in “Bo01 - City of Tomorrow”?

Is the short line in “Bo01 - City of Tomorrow” supposed to be a hyphen, en dash, or em dash? Also, is the line following "2001" used correctly? Malmö has long been renowned as a pioneer in ...
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The Use of '—' mark

So, I am reading newspapers quite a lot, nowadays to develop my English proficiency. Going through the contents, I find some of them to have used '—'. And I wonder what's the rule behind it: maybe to ...
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Why are em dashes used here instead of commas?

Arutyunyan quickly saw promise in the young Chen, but he knew that the boy’s parents — Chinese immigrants who had arrived in the United States in the late 1980s — did not have the resources to finance ...
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comma following an em dash

Which of the following is punctuated properly? Should two em dashes be used instead of one? When Besso left Zurich, he took the manuscript with him ─ which is viewed as the reason for its survival, ...
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Omitting the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—)

Can we omit the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—). If it is possible, then which option of the options below in formal writing is preferable? Examples option 1: These old cars are fixed by ...
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Can I use a comma instead of an em dash before the phrase "all without proper notice" at the end of a sentence?

Would the first sentence using a comma be acceptable? Can this sentence be broken into two sentences, as in 2., or would that leave a sentence fragment? Or is 3. proper in its use of the em dash? ...
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"A noun clause" after em dash?

Our irresistible tendency to see things in human terms ― that we are often mistaken in attributing complex human motives and processing abilities to other species ― does not mean that an animal’s ...
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absolute structure VS complete sentence after em dash

Primarily, the banker-customer relationship is that of debtor and creditor--who is which depending on whether the customer's account is in credit or is overdrawn. I am aware that a complete sentence ...
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Dash use in "There are a lot of opportunities and institutions—all essential for the research."

Is it okay to write an incomplete sentence("all essential for the research") after the dash in the example below? There are a lot of opportunities and institutions—all essential for the ...
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What does the em dash function here?

Considering zinc's safety, people should consider taking zinc supplements, especially as they age—being sure to include copper in the proper balance. What does the em dash function here? It does't ...
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Meaning of "Give the new material time to soak in-your brain has to build new physical connections"

Give the new material time to soak in-your brain has to build new physical connections. I know that this sentence has different meaning from word by word meaning but I'm unable to understand it. Also ...
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