The Slash

• Use the slash to separate two or three lines of poetry that have been inserted into your writing. Add a space before and after the slash.

One of my favorite Shakespearean sonnets begins, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments."

Note: Use a block quotation (as in Andrew Marvell's poem above) set off from the text for quoting more than three lines of poetry.

• The slash may be used to separate paired words such as pass/fail. Do not use a space before or after the slash. Avoid the use of and/or, he/she, and his/her in formal writing.

RECOGNIZING AND CORRECTING SENTENCE ERRORS

All complete sentences consist of independent clauses, with or without subordinate clauses or phrases or other constructions that add information and meaning to the sentence. A clause has a subject and a verb. The following is a clause.

The boys waited for the bus.

The above group of words contains a subject, boys, and a verb, waited. In addition, it can stand alone as a complete thought.

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