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"a" and "an" when using the forward slash punctuation mark

I was recently writing about a concept in computer science called a 'perceptron', otherwise known as an 'artificial neuron'. I asked the following question: Where does the so-called 'loss' / 'loss ...
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Is it ever ac­cept­able to write slashes be­tween mul­ti­ple but sep­a­rate pre­fixes?

For ex­am­ple, can I get away with writing bio/tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances have made? Even if this is or­tho­graph­i­cally ac­cept­able in one or another kind of writ­ten English, would it better for ...
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A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase? [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question's parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it's not really a parenthetical ...
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Is it "room(s)" or "room/s" when referring to the possibility of more than one of something? [Parenthetical plurals]

When offering the possibility that there could be more than one of something, how should that be written? Eg. You will be responsible for the cost of your room(s). Or should it be "room/s"?
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Which is correct, "counselor/advocates" or "counselors/advocates"?

I am editing a manual and I came across the phrase "counselor/advocates" quite a bit. I always believed that if you were discussing two similar things that were plural and used a backslash to separate ...
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How to read the slash in a “ 1/1 plain weave” or “1/4 satin”?

Is it pronounced as one-by-one or as one-to-one when read out? Please note that this use is related to the binding structure of textiles. Here is an example of usage from Role of Yarn Tension in ...
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how to read forward slash?

How to read: 20%/30% of adults go to the festivals? 20 percent breaks on 30 percent of adults go to the festivals?
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Are constructs such with a hyphen and slash (e.g. "on-/offline") common?

Are constructs using a slash combined with a hyphen to switch a prefix such as in "on-/offline" as a short-form of "online/offline" (or rather "on-line/off-line") which again stands for "online or ...
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Is it correct to say "inter- disciplinary/national" instead of "interdisciplinary and international"?

I'm trying to be more concise with my words. Does writing "inter- disciplinary/national" to describe to my educational background make sense? If not, what's a good alternative?
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Slashes and line breaks in tables or text [closed]

I need to typeset a table in a relatively reduced space (it's a two-column document format) and I wanted one of the column headers to read "Static / Dynamic" (or "Static / dynamic"?). I don't think I ...
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Using slash (/) as an abbreviation

As far as I know, a period is commonly used for an abbreviation (e.g., Feb., Mon., Inc.). But I can also see a slash in these cases: w/, w/o. Is there any grammar rule for an abbreviation? or is ...
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Slashes and en-dash inside parentheses [closed]

Is the usage of slashes, en-dash, and parentheses in the following line OK? Objective: Working as a translator (English/Spanish/Portuguese–Arabic) *It's part of a resume. Thank you for your ...
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Can the word "slash" (/) be used in writing? [duplicate]

I wasn't entirely sure how to word this question, so allow me to explain. Often I come across writers using the word "period" to indicate adamance and finality, especially when in the first-person ...
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Correct way to write multiple 'either/or' notes in one sentence [closed]

I'm writing up some instructions and have come across a clumsy phrase: to which the relevant file/s is/are written. This seems like a silly way to write this, it's also easy to misread as the ...
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Using a slash (/) between multi-word phrases [duplicate]

How would you suggest using a forward slash (/) between multi-word phrases? Should a slash be even used between multi-word phrases? For example - Following are the open/in progress issues. or ...
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Does the use of the symbol slash for "or" come from the use of "|" in computer programming? [closed]

Does the rise of acceptance in "/" for "or" come from the use of "|" in computer programming (For "OR")? If not is there any correlation?
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Why is "forward slash" not spelled "forwardslash"?

The phrase "forward slash" contains a space, while its equivalent "backslash" does not. This seems inconsistent; should "forwardslash" not be a valid word? From Wikipedia I discovered that slash, ...
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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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What does the / mean?

Looking at forms in financial risk assessment, there is a question 'I'm happy investing a large proportion of my income / capital in a high-risk investment'. Is the '/' here being used as shorthand ...
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what does "slash the odds of something" mean?

it seems cutting the odds means, according to this website, decreasing the possibility of something happening. I thought slashing the odds meant the same but apparently it's the opposite? Unilad ...
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'Click/tap' or 'click or tap'

I'm writing documentation for an online system, with sentences like this: Click/tap the ‘cog’ icon of a content filter to edit it. This does not go down well with Microsoft Word. The grammar ...
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Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations?

Do I use a forward slash or comma for my title and designations? I see both uses throughout my industry but which one is the correct usage, or could both be correct? Broker/REALTOR®, CRS®, ABR® ...
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Capitalize after slash at beginning (e.g. Risk/Issue management)

Should a word after a slash at the beginning of a sentence be capitalized? E.g. Risk/Issue management Risk/issue management I would guess the first one is correct because "Issue" would ...
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Is it commonly accepted using the slash to mean "as well as", rather than "or"?

I hope this is the end of blind US/UK support for a state with a shocking record of human rights. (BBC) As is well known, the most common use of the slash is to link words which are alternative, as ...
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Slash in the years

Can we use slash in the phrase "over the two periods, 2000/01 and 2001/02"? If not, what is the appropriate punctuation in this case?
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Slash or hyphen in constructions that imply a combination?

Would you use hyphens or slashes in constructions that imply a combination? Examples: A yard group / yard steering conflict (meaning a conflict between a yard group and yard steering) A building week ...
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Forward slashes: are they acceptable in Commonwealth English prose?

In Commonwealth English is it acceptable to write this in a magazine article: If there are there any nearby towns/villages …
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how to interpret slashes?

I am submitting an application and one of the requirements is: Copy of bank account statement in country of residence, duly attested by Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate/Apostille in the ...
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Separating alternatives using slash/stroke where the only difference is the length

I'm wondering about the usage of slash/stroke as a way of separating alternatives (perhaps it, in this sense, could be called a abbreviation of "or"?). If the alternatives are similar, but the second ...
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avoid the slash?

Should the slash be avoided? For example every week/day in my head is translated to every week or day. I think I started using slashes because I saw them used in forums and in articles. Is using ...
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Does one use spacing before and after a / slash in a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I write “comma/period” or “comma / period”? I'm trying to figure out what the correct spacing is for using a slash in a sentence. For example the question: "How do you ...
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Should I write "module/theme" or "module / theme"?

I usually put a space before and after a slash, when indicating alternatives. We review a module / theme per user. Is it correct, or should I rewrite the sentence to remove those spaces? We review ...
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