Use of "/" in business letters...


Should there be a space before and after the use of "/" in a business letter?

Examples: We found that adjustments/disposals.... or We found that adjustments / disposals..

See example:

During the audit, we found that adjustments/disposals made to the inventory were not properly evidenced of approval by the controller before being posted.
asked Apr 18 '12 at 18:42 Chuck Poirier New member

2 answers


I do not place a space before and after the slash (technically, the virgule) in my busisness correspondence.  And, I do not know of a hard-and-fast rule in any of the style manuals that addresses this issue for manuscripts.


On the other hand, typographers consider the extra spaces to be wrong ... just as they insist that only one space follows a period, not two. But writers and editors are concerned with only with proper grammar and usage, while typographers are concerned with appearance. Since there is no conflict between these disciplines in this case, I follow the typographers lead.

link comment answered Apr 18 '12 at 19:23 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I would drop the entire '/disposals' completely. In my eyes 'adjustments' already implies aquisitions and disposals. I would also edit 'evidenced of approval' because it is overly wordy and unclear.


During the inventory audit, we found that several adjustments were not properly approved by the controller before being posted.


My two cents worth.

link answered Apr 18 '12 at 19:15 Tony Proano Expert

Come on Tony, tell us what you really think of the virgule and solidus. ;)

Jeff PribylApr 18 '12 at 19:25

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