Learn English – 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 / structure week / platform combination
  • The Program A / Program B communication (where "Program A" and "Program B" are names of software programs)

Best Answer

For clarity, avoid these constructions where possible. For example:

  • A conflict between the yard group and the yard steering committee.
  • A combination of building weeks, structure weeks, and platforms.
  • The communication between Program A and Program B.

If space or business constraints force the use of such a construction, use the punctuation that is least ambiguous to your audience.