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Unit 4: Punctuation

The search process ignores punctuation. For example, it doesn’t matter whether you write lesser-used or lesser used, you will get the same results. The Quick Search is carried out on the basis of whole words or of parts of compound words which have a punctuation mark between them. So, if you search for tooth you won’t find toothpick but you will find saw-tooth roof and round double-tooth.

The English language contains many terms which can be written as compound words or as multi-word terms, with or without a hyphen, such as rain forest/rainforest, toothpick/tooth-pick. The Quick Search takes this into account. If you type a term in one of the forms, the search engine will suggest the other forms as well, provided they exist in the database. For example, if you search for tooth-pick, you will not get any results because no such term exists in the database, but the compound word toothpick will be suggested to you. This works in the opposite direction as well: if you look for the compound word rainforest, the search engine will suggest rain forest.

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