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

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

or

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

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    Definitely the comma. – Peter Nielsen Apr 9 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. – Toby Speight Apr 20 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.

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

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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.

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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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