Is it correct to use a dash as part of a list but to set aside/give emphasis to certain items oon the list.
e.g., "My relationship management and strategic analytical skills--along with my judgment, ability to put out fires--have contributed to my professional accomplishments."
Em-dashes are used to replace commas. By using an Em-dash instead of a comma, you are giving a greater emphasis to the pause the comma conveys.
If a comma does not fit grammatically, you cannot use the Em-dash.
In your sentence, the phrase -- along with my judgment, ability to put out fires -- is called a parenthetical phrase. In its simplest form, the parenthetical phrase is enclosed with commas. To give it greater emphasis (or to avoid confusion when the phrase itself contains commas), the parenthetical phrase is often enclosed with parenthetical marks (hence the name). For the greatest emphasis, an Em-dash may be used to surround the phrase. Your sentence does not--as presently structured--contain a list.
As a last point, the comma between judgment and ability is incorrect. The conjunction "and" is what you are looking for.
My relationship management and strategic analytical skills--along with my judgment and ability to put out fires--have contributed to my professional accomplishments.
|link comment||edited Feb 25 '13 at 01:16 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
I would make the list longer to include everything, or make a parenthetical comment to one item on the list rather than setting aside two items. Making a side comment actually indicates that these things are less important. “Ability to put out fires” is more informal than the rest of the sentence. Since you are talking about professional accomplishments, there should be a more professional way to note that skill. I’d be more specific about what kind of judgment you are talking about. I replaced it with business acumen, but that might not be the right fit.
Skills in relationship management, strategic analysis, business acumen, and crisis management have led to many professional accomplishments.
|link comment||answered Feb 25 '13 at 01:24 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|