Slash

The slash (/) is used to indicate that the reader has a choice between words. It can be used in some instances in place of the word or. The following is an example: It was a pass/fail type of test. Slashes are sometimes used to illustrate gender indifference, such as with his/her, he/she, or him/her. If used in this way, there are no spaces before and after the slash. When slashes are used in quoted material, usually poetry, there are spaces before and after the slash. The following is an example: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate…”


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