Originally Posted by PRmerger
This is incorrect.
I was, in fact, correct. The purpose of dashes is most frequently to set off independent thought.
One can conduct a Google search on dashes.
The following site
may be of help. It states that dashes set off independent clauses, lists, or statements that add emphasis but are still grammatically independent, which your statement was not.
Or this site
, which states the same thing. Or this site
, again listing acceptable uses of the em dash, of which yours is not one. Or this one
, again listing possible uses which, predictably, do not include yours. Perhaps this site
is more to your liking; it too states that you are wrong. You may prefer this one
, which disagrees with you.
You used the em dash to mark off words that are grammatically necessary for the meaning of the sentence to be complete. The statement is not parenthetical. The statement is not a list. The statement is not a summary of the sentence. The statement does not mark a single atypical break in the reading that must be emphasized.
The dash is emphatic. It is a stronger form of other punctuation, such as a colon or commas. Note that what you set off with dashes is unable to be set off with other punctuation. That is an indication that your use was incorrect.
I thank you, however, for taking the time to type "grammar book" into the Amazon search bar; I now know how to do the same with "dash use" into the Google one. I await a quotation from those books affirming that your usage of the dashes is correct.
Perhaps. I don't begrudge you your style preference. I have my own.
Your own was likely the result of your inability to keep your train of thought throughout the sentence, hence the extremely jarring syntax of the sentence.
The above is nonsensical so this book may be helpful for you, Baelor. It's a bit more advanced than the first book I suggested.
Maybe I should have used plainer English.
Subject elision is the omission of the subject in sentences or clauses. In some cases, it is permitted, as in the imperative. It is most definitely not permitted in subordinate clauses, and arguably not even in coordinate clauses.
Perhaps an academic study of English language versus pop grammar books would be of benefit to you. May I also suggest taking Latin courses?
You know, Baelor, I have had exactly 2 conversations with you. The first one was in a thread that was deleted after you were bombinating about some perceived error you were (incorrectly) imputing to me. And here, again, you are creating some imagined error in my posting.
Our last conversation ended when I demonstrated that you erred significantly and you stopped responding. Given the petty joy that you had exhibited in attempting to weasel out of a room with no doors, it seems clear what the reason for your subsequent silence was.
You may do as you wish.