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Dashes between Dates and NumbersThe dash is used between ranges. These are often date ranges. For example:
- Between times: 1200–1600
- Between times: 6 am–8 am
- Between days: Monday–Friday
- Between dates: 12–15 October
- Between months: June–August
- Between years: 1967–1969
- Pages 2–4
- 100–150 people
Avoid Using SpacesAvoid putting spaces around your dash. This is not a ruling. It is, however, good practice because when you use spaces, your autocorrect will often try to help you by changing your short dash (especially if you've decided to use hyphens) to an em dash (a longer dash, the length of an uppercase "M"). As autocorrect is inconsistent with this "help," you often end up with a mix of en dashes (a shorter dash, the length of a lowercase "n") and long dashes between your ranges.
Using no spaces at all stops autocorrect trying to help you (as it waits for a space before it looks at what you've just typed), and using no spaces also eliminates inconsistencies with spacing. Here's a scruffy example:
|With inconsistent spaces and a random long dash:|
Here's a tidier version:
|With no spaces and consistent dashes:
Read more about hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes.