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If you don’t have proper equation editing software, the forward slash can be used to write fractions:

We’ll need 3/4 of a cup of milk.

The address of a website on the Internet is written using forward slashes; for instance, the address of my university:


After the ‘http:’ there are two forward slashes.

The backward slash has no real use in writing, although it is used on computer systems to specify where a certain folder or file is in the computer’s file structure:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users