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hello.

a point is a point, but is two points connected a straight line?

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Hello Larry, I would be happy to help you.

Yes, it takes two points to determine a line.  But, two points can also be a part of line segments and rays.  If both points are endpoints, you have a line segment.  A ray has one end point and continues infinitely in one direction (think of a ray of light from a flashlight or the sun).  A line goes infinitely in both directions.  

Check out http://euler.slu.edu/escher/index.php/Points,_Lines,_Segments,_Angles_etc. for examples.

I hope this helps :)

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