A virgule or slash (/) is used chiefly to separate alternatives: "Each student read his/her report." or "She was a secretary/receptionist." or "We dealt with the who/whom problem." A virgule is also used to separate elements in a date, elements in a common fraction (1/2), and lines of poetry that are presented as part of a paragraph: "The meeting will be held on 9/21/2003." or "The recipe read as follows: Add 2 1/2 cups of flour." or "She read the following poem: 'Roses are red/Violets are blue/Sugar is sweet/And, so are you'."
Practice What You've Learned
One or more virgules have been omitted from the following sentences. Insert a virgule by clicking between words or numbers where you desire a virgule to be.