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On the way, he spoke to us in a perfect native Tianjinese accent. We mentioned Mr.Chern, and he reacted at once --

"Chen Shengshen? A great mathematician, wonderful! Every Tianjinese who has ears knows him! What a talent he is!"

In "at once -- ", I used "--", not "-". Is it okay?
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By the way — did you want to say 'what a talent he is', or 'what a talent he has'?

This is an interesting series of posts. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Mr C.

MrP
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Hello Jobb

The dash ('em dash') is slightly longer than the hyphen, so if you're unable to do a dash, it's better to do a double hyphen than just one hyphen.

You can do an 'em dash' on your keyboard by holding down ALT while typing 0151 on the number pad, thus: —

(Some people say this isn't a proper 'em dash', as an 'em dash' should be the width of the letter M in the font used.)

You can do an 'en dash' by holding down ALT while typing 0150 on the number pad, thus: –

An 'en dash' is slightly longer than a hyphen (properly, it = the width of the letter N in the font used), but shorter than an 'em dash'. It's mostly used to denote range, e.g. pp137–8, 1939–45.

MrP
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You've reminded me of that.
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Would it be better if you put "the" instead of "a"?
"Chen Shengshen? The great mathematician, wonderful!
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The forum doesnot offer the function of PM, or I'd send the article.