The en dash (–) is slightly wider than the hyphen (-) but narrower than the em dash (—). The typical computer keyboard lacks a dedicated key for the en dash, though most word processors provide a means for its insertion.
Span or range of numbers
The en dash is used to represent a span or range of numbers, dates, or time. There should be no space between the en dash and the adjacent material. Depending on the context, the en dash is read as “to” or “through.”
The 2010–2011 season was our best yet.
You will find this material in chapters 8–12.
The professor holds office hours every Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
If you introduce a span or range with words such as from or between, do not use the en dash.
Correct: She served as secretary of state from 1996 to 1999.
Incorrect: She served as secretary of state from 1996–1999.
Correct: The regime’s most oppressive treatment occurred between 1965 and 1970.
Incorrect: The regime’s most oppressive treatment occurred between 1965–1970.
The en dash is used to report scores or results of contests.
The president’s nominee was confirmed by the Senate, which voted 62–38 along party lines.
UCLA beat USC 28–14 in the final game of the regular season.