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<?php // n-dashes are encoded as byte sequence \xe2\x80\x93 in UTF-8 $str = 'foo–bar–baz'; // take substring of 4 bytes length starting with the 4th byte var_dump(mb_strcut($str, 4, 4, 'UTF-8')); // take substring of 4 code points length starting with the 4th code point var_dump(mb_substr($str, 4, 4, 'UTF-8'));
Output for git.master, git.master_jit
string(4) "–b" string(6) "bar–"

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