The ideas legal writers want to express are often complex. Words and ideas within sentences must be defined or explained. Because of this complexity, many sentences in legal writing contain interrupters — words that break from the main idea of the sentence. These interrupters can be set off with dashes, commas, and parentheses. The choice of which mark to use depends on how much emphasis you want to draw to the interrupter. [excerpt]
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Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Creating Separation and Emphasis in Your Writing Part II: Using Punctuation within Sentences, Advocate, Mar. 2011, at 43.