Which sentence works best in regards to ',' or '-'?

If you don't, the track record will become diluted


If you don't - the track record will become diluted

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    Definitely the comma. Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 21:35
  • The only time I would use the dash (or more likely an ellipsis ) is when the statement is a threat. A speaker would pause for emphasis, and the exaggerated orthography conveys that. Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 9:16

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Use the comma. Dash denotes a break in the thought or an definition association. Better yet, use "If you don't, then" to show that the following portion is a causal outcome of the lack of action.


Definitely the comma, it sounds more natural and makes a softer pause in speech whereas the dash would be too sharp for this sentence.


Definitely the comma. The second clause is the direct consequence the reader is expecting to follow the first. A dash would suggest something more distinct.


I would say in that sentence, use a comma. Or, if you wanted to expand on that sentence, you could use a semicolon (;) and say, "The track record will become diluted; and if you didn't..." and whatever you would put after that.

I hope this makes sense!

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