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You cannot run through the classroom, only walk.

If this were written in formal prose, would you accept this?

I don't know much about this (David knows a great lot)

How do we punctuate this?

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You cannot run through the classroom, only walk. If this were written in formal prose, would you accept this?-- What kind of formal prose might contain it? Do you have a context in mind?

I don't know much about this (David knows a great lot). How do we punctuate this?-- I don't know much about this. (David knows a lot.)
Mister MicawberWhat kind of formal prose might contain it? Do you have a context in mind?

No, sorry. I said formal text because it means you can't just wack a dash before 'only' to make it correct. Punctuation shouldn't influence a sentence structure's correctness, I don't think.
Mister MicawberI don't know much about this. (David knows a lot.)
And if we had this, we would punctuate it thus instead, right?

I don't know much about this (to be honest).
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I said formal text because it means you can't just wack a dash before 'only' to make it correct. Punctuation shouldn't influence a sentence structure's correctness, I don't think.-- It seems to me that a lot of the correction I do here at EF indeed has to do with punctuation. The problem that confronts me with your sentence is a case in point: the comma bothers me, but I don't really know what to do about it.

I don't know much about this (to be honest). And if we had this, we would punctuate it thus instead, right?-- Right.
Mister MicawberIt seems to me that a lot of the correction I do here at EF indeed has to do with punctuation. The problem that confronts me with your sentence is a case in point: the comma bothers me, but I don't really know what to do about it.

What I was trying to say in my previous post, clearly or not, is that in formal texts, I've read, that dashes are not permitted. Therefore, if we have sentence like the one in question, how do we write it? With a comma? Or would you say it's incorrect?
You cannot run through the classroom, only walk.

I think the problem, then, is that the sentence itself is not formal enough and needs recasting:

You cannot run through the classroom but only walk.
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I will comment that I think we are seeing more and more m-dashes in more formal composition, because it is a useful tool.
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That's the answer I was looking for! Cheers
FWIW, I use em-dashes in the marketing materials I create for my company.
Hi GG,

Yes, it seems google is agreeing with you to: it's being used more and more often nowadays.

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