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b_b  ·  780 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Millennials Aren’t Killing Industries. We’re Just Broke and Your Business Sucks

I agree that time three is correct. I don't think you need to resort to em dash in the other two instances; a comma would suffice since what comes after each looks like a modifying clause for the previous statement. Not that I think an em would be incorrect, just that normally when I use them it's to really pause and make an aside. I think the author's intent is just to modify the statement, in which case I would always go comma.





_refugee_  ·  778 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So, my understanding is that either an em dash or comma would be correct in these instances. I could be wrong. I voted for el dash because I feel like the way the author is abusing the semicolon indicates they're trying to create a break but then add on/move on. However, esp in the first, I see how you could argue a comma would be more, or at least as, appropriate. I've tended to be an em-dash happy writer in the past, myself, which would also explain why I chose that option.