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Find the sentences in which hyphens, em (long) dashes and en (short) dashes have all been used correctly.

  1. Where will you park your 1962 Lincoln—in an airplane hangar?

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  2. The banquet–arranged, incidentally, by the city’s top event planner–would have been more enjoyable without the messy watermelon eating teens at the head table.

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  3. The contract specifies that you are to edit only the three finance-related chapters (Chapters 10–12 inclusive).

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  4. Naturally caffeine free, this blackcurrant tisane makes a refreshing alternative to regular tea or coffee.

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  5. He planted a variety of brightly coloured shade-tolerant flowers—impatiens, wax begonias, violets and pansies—at the corner of the house.

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  6. Milena is conducting an in depth study of the post Gulf War usage of the expression “shock and awe.”

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