The Yank Command

The Yank command [y] is identical to the delete command except it does not delete text from the Work Buffer. It simply makes a copy of the text in the Work Buffer and places it in the General Purpose Buffer or one of the named buffers. The syntax of the yank command is the same as that for the delete command except you substitute a [y] for the [d] in all commands. Here are some examples:
yy
make a copy of the current line and place it in the General Purpose Buffer
"gyy
make a copy of the current line and place it in the named buffer g
"a5yy
copy the next 5 lines and place them in the named buffer a

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