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Avoid overusing slashes in your texts

This is usually a habit you might have developed, and you risk distracting or confusing your reader and possibly even looking indecisive.

Replace the dash by using “and” or “or”. Decide which is the most applicable in the examples below.

Examples:

1. After obtaining informed consent from parents/guardians of selected children, we then interviewed them and put them through some tests.

2. We remain at your disposal, in case you need further support/guidance.

3. Medical benefits are subject to conditions, limitations and/or exclusions…

4. The staff member should submit new claims/use fresh claims if he/she has many invoices to be claimed. Supporting prescriptions/referrals should always be submitted with relevant receipted invoices/bills from medical providers.

Suggested solutions:

1. After obtaining informed consent from parents or guardians of selected children, we then interviewed them and put them through some tests.

2. We remain at your disposal, in case you need further support or guidance.

3. Medical benefits are subject to conditions, limitations or exclusions.…

4. The staff member should submit new claims if they have many invoices to be claimed. Supporting prescriptions or referrals should always be submitted with relevant receipted invoices from medical providers.

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Carol Waites (PhD)
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