Help with a point of punctuation in British Englis

English translation: Punctuation: space, hyphen, space

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14:55 Dec 30, 1999
German to English translations [PRO]
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German term or phrase: Help with a point of punctuation in British Englis
The Germans use a space-hyphen-space as a break in a sentence.

In American English we do not use a hyphen but an m-dash (ctrl-alt-numhyph in WinWord) and no spaces. Typists with no m-dash can use a double hyphen.

My question is: is the space-hyphen-space usage considered correct in British English?

ed@mind.de
Ed Colaianni
Local time: 17:17
English translation:Punctuation: space, hyphen, space
Explanation:
Dear Ed,
If I haven't got it right this time, I'll give up. Thanks for being so patient with all my futile attempts!
Anita
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Anita Millar
Local time: 16:17
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naRe: punctuation
Anita Millar
naPunctuation: space, hyphen, space
Anita Millar
naM dash no space, N dash space
William Thompson


  

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4 hrs
M dash no space, N dash space


Explanation:
To the best of my knowledge, the M dash does not take a space before or after, however, the N dash requires a space both before and after.

William Thompson
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1 day 19 hrs
Punctuation: space, hyphen, space


Explanation:
Dear Ed,
If I haven't got it right this time, I'll give up. Thanks for being so patient with all my futile attempts!
Anita


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Anita Millar
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1 day 22 hrs
Re: punctuation


Explanation:
It is correct in British English to use space, single hyphen, space as a sentence break.



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Anita Millar
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