On en-dashes

The en-dash is the middle of the three short-horizontal-line punctuation marks.

the hyphen -

the en-dash –

the em-dash —

It is also the rarest, in legal writing. En-dashes are used in place of the word “to” in series and related contexts:

the 1960–1963 winning streak

on the Philadelphia–Pittsburgh route

It can also be used, in preference to the virgule (or slash: / ) to connote contrast or tension between two terms:

the Posner–Scalia dispute

 If you want an en-dash in Word, you can pick it from a drop-down symbol picker, or type Ctrl-NumLock-[dash] (where [dash] is the one on the number pad, not the one above and to the right of the P key).

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