In writing, a dash (—) is a type of punctuation that is used to indicate a pause or emphasis. A dash can take the place of other punctuation marks, such as colons, commas, or parentheses. It can also be used to set off extra content—such as an aside, an explanation, or additional details—from the rest of the sentence! In this one-page grammar worksheet, learners will practice placing either one or two dashes, as directed, in given sentences to indicate a pause or break as appropriate. Designed for an eighth-grade grammar curriculum, Use a Dash to Indicate a Pause is also a great way to help learners boost their writing and editing skills.