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    Could somebody tell me how Google treats the following punctuation? Does it treat the words as a phrase (e.g. Pots and Pans) or two separate words ("Pots" "Pans") when the following punctuation marks are used?

    1)Hyphen (Pots - Pans)
    2)Colon (Pots: Pans)
    3)Semicolon (Pots; Pans)
    4)Comma (Pots, Pans)
    5)Underscore (Pots_Pans)

    Thanks!

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    AFAIK, any non-easter egg query like this will cause G to treat punctuation as a stop character. Each of the quoted examples *ought* to be treated as identical queries (there is just the slim possibility that some will be treated as "Pots [null] [space] pans", rather than "Pots [null] pans" which could conceiveably change things a little due to proximity matching, but I doubt it frankly)

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    They are all treated as a space - except the last one, which is treated as what it is, an underscore.

    Your first four examples will result in concurrent spaces, which will be stripped during processing, - and you will end up with two words separated by a single space.

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