- I would like to know – there is a grammatical term for the function of the dash in this sentence, is that right?
English doesn’t have a word like that or whether that can replace the dash in that sentence, but is there any fundamental reason why it couldn't have?
- Does the dash in:
You don’t have to do that – it’s fine
Have the same function as the one in the first sentence? (I feel that in the first case it could be replaced with a colon, but in the second case it would be a semicolon.)
- Is there a term to describe the difference between:
I would like to know whether there is a grammatical term for this (where the question is embedded), and
I would like to know – is there a grammatical term for this? (where the question is stated directly).
- Can the function of whether in the first sentence of Q3 be broken down the function of the dash in the second question plus another function or restriction?