Examples: and/or, he/she, s/he, either/or, yes/no, pass/fail The slash between words, as in and/or and he/she, indicates that either word is appropriate in the given context. In these cases, no space is left before or after the slash. Because extensive use of the slash can make writing choppy, consider using or instead. If you are following MLA guidelines, avoid using the slash in formal prose.
USING THE SLASH TO MARK LINE BREAKS IN QUOTED POETRY
Example: Shel Silverstein ends his poem “Listen to the Mustn’ts” with a piece of optimistic advice: “Then listen close to me— / Anything can happen, child, / ANYTHNG can be.” Except for very special emphasis, enclose a quotation of three (or fewer) lines of poetry in quotation marks as you would a short prose quotation. Indicate the divisions between the lines with a slash with a space on each side. Quotations of poetry or verse must look like verse, not prose. Keep all capital letters and punctuation used in the poem’s original format. If you cite more than three lines of verse, format the passage like a block quotation and break the lines as they occur in the poem itself. No slashes are required when quoting poetry this way.
Examples: 2/3, 5-3/8 Use a slash to separate the numerator from the denominator in fractions. Use a hyphen to attach a whole number and a fraction. No spaces are left between the numbers, slashes, and hyphens. OTHER USES FOR THE SLASH: FRACTIONS
Slashes are used in Web addresses. No spaces precede or follow slashes in Web addresses. OTHER USES FOR THE SLASH: WEB ADDRESSES Example: http://www.uwf.edu/writelab/aids/minilessons/
INFORMATION GATHERED FROM... The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, 5 th Edition Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook, Thirteenth Edition Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook, Sixteenth Edition Writing: A College Handbook, 4 th Edition The Holt Handbook, Third Edition MLA Handbook, 7 th Edition APA Handbook, 6 th Edition
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