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This was the mindset of companies like Borders and Kodak at the dawn of the Web era, but these organizations scrambled--and failed--to catch up to competitors that were quicker to learn, invest and expand into new business models.

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This was the mindset of companies like Borders and Kodak at the dawn of the Web era, but these organizations scrambled--and failed--to catch up to competitors that were quicker to learn, invest and expand into new business models.
asked Jun 10 '13 at 20:45 joyce New member

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KimberlyJun 11 '13 at 13:54

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Again, there's no question to answer. If you just want a proof read, then I would make "and failed" parenthetical. I should also enter into a brief discussion of hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes. You've used two hyphens as a separator, when there are actual characters for this purpose. An "en-dash" is longer than a hyphen but shorter than an em-dash. It is used instead of the word "to," perhaps to separate dates or show distance "It was a 15 – 17 K run." An "em-dash" is longer yet and denotes a pause in your sentence "...scrambled — and failed — to catch up." You can make an "en-dash" by holding down the alt key and entering 0150 simultaneously; an "em-dash" is alt 0151 (in Windows, Macs may be different, but easily found with a search). These come in handy if you've already used parenthesis in a sentence or paragraph and need another pause or side-comment. There is some mild controversy about whether to use a space in front and after these dashes. I prefer to use a space, others don't. A hyphen is used as above for, duh,  hyphenated words such as en-dash and never have a fore  nor aft space. Hope that's what you wanted.

link comment answered Jun 10 '13 at 21:42 Brother Dave Contributor

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