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What does a / mean in a sentence like, "They read/reviewed the books they have." I can't find an answer to this question, but only get opinion which is what I do not need.

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    It means and, or, or and/or. Seriously. Depends on context. – Dan Bron Nov 28 '16 at 20:32
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    @DanBron Do you have an example where / means and? – michael.hor257k Nov 28 '16 at 20:35
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    @michael.hor257k Top two results in a google search, The Punctuation Guide and Wikipedia give these examples respectively: enrolling in the JD/MBA program at Harvard and the Hemingway/Faulkner generation. – Dan Bron Nov 28 '16 at 20:40
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    @michael.hor257k: the example given in the question can be read that way. – user175542 Nov 28 '16 at 21:50
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To be very clear, my understanding is that a / (slash) is just an easy way or symbol of saying "and or or" (an example I could've used there is and/or!)

In your example, the sentence is just meaning:

They read and/or reviewed the books they have.

If you want to find a clearer definition, you could also call the "/" character a virgule. There are many other names, but these are the most popular.

Grammar Definition - (http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/slashterm.htm)

  • "They read/reviewed the books they have." may mean 1) "They read or reviewed the books they have." or 2) They read and reviewed the books they have." – user175542 Nov 28 '16 at 21:54

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