Punctuation: Slash and Burn

Slash and Burn

This is a slash (/). It's like a Green Acres TV marathon; you don't need it often, but when you do, nothing else will fit the bill.

  • Use slashes to separate lines of poetry. Leave a space before and after the slash to show when the line of poetry ends.
  • Example: The opening of Robert Frost's poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” goes like this: “Whose woods these are / I think I know, / His house is in the village, though. / He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
  • Use slashes to show choice.
  • Example: Be sure to use the right temperature scale (Fahrenheit/Centigrade).
  • Use slashes in fractions or formulas.
  • Example: 1/2, 3/4
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