What is the difference between dashes and brackets? Why use brackets over dashes?

1 Answer
Feb 19, 2017


Brackets are most commonly used to immediately describe a word or thought inside a sentence, while dashes are used to introduce or emphasize a new thought into a sentence to clarify its intent.


This idea can be best explained by example;

"To install the new circuit you will need to cut the positive (red) wire - be careful not to cut any other wires - leading to the power supply."

The #red# identifies the wire precisely and the embedded warning is highlighted with the use of dashes.