There are two types of slashes that you might find on your computer keyboard. What do they mean? When should we use them?
This article will illuminate all.
The two types of slashes are backslashes \ and forward slashes /.
Backslashes are used primarily in computer coding, so you don't need to worry about them for grammar. Forward slashes, on the other hand, are punctuation marks used in grammar.
Here's how they are used:
Forward slashes can be used to show line breaks in poems, songs, or plays.
Here's an example:
These types of slashes are typically used if several short lines are written together on one long line.
The forward slash can also be used to show "or" in a sentence. For example:
The "/" in this case indicates that the phone belongs to either a man or a woman.
Forward slashes can used in abbreviations such as "w/o" to shorten words like "without".
Here are some other examples of using forward slashes in abbreviations:
Forward slashes can also be used to show a correlation between both sides in a debate:
You'll commonly see forward slashes used in dates:
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