# Thread: How to name cards

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## How to name cards

What do we name the numbers & patterns of playing cards? May I try:

Numbers

A - Ace
J - Jack
Q - Queen
K - King
Jokers - Jokers

Patterns

heart
club
diamond

Grammatically
1. shall I call the figure on the card as 'number'?
2. shall I call the pattern on the card as 'pattern'?
3. shall I call 'card A in pattern heart' as "heart A" or "A heart"?
4. any other basic expression about playing card that I should know?
5. shall I call playing card as 'poker card', any other names?
6. I heard some American named playing cards as 'pronounced as decker cards", did I get it right?
Many thanks/ ju

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## Re: How to name cards

1. The figures on the cards are referred to by their whole names, the Ace, the King, the Queen and the Jack.

2. The pattern on the cards is called the "suit." Example: "What suits are you holding in your hand of cards?" This means "what are the patterns of the cards you are holding?"

3. The "card A in pattern heart" is called "the Ace of Hearts." The rest of the figure cards are called by the name of the figure and the name of the pattern, as in "the King of Spades" or "the Queen of Diamonds."

4. The small set of cards you receive to play the game with is called your "hand." You could ask someone, "Did you get a good hand, or a bad hand?"

5. Playing cards are referred to as "cards" or "playing cards." "Poker cards" is not a usual way to refer to cards.

6. The American called the cards "a deck of cards," which means a set or a collection of playing cards.

I hope this has been helpful.

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## Re: How to name cards

Originally Posted by Ju
1. Should I call the figure on the card a 'number'? No, just call it by the number: the two, the three, the four, the jack, the ace, and so on.
2. Should I call the pattern on the card a 'pattern'? No, call it a suit: hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades.
3. Should I call 'card A in pattern heart' a "heart A" or "A heart"? No, call it the ace of hearts. Or the two of clubs, the three of diamonds, the king of spades, and so on.
4. any other basic expression about playing card that I should know? Yes. Millions. You might want to invest in a Hoyle's: Amazon.com: Hoyle's Rules of Games, Third Revised and Updated Edition: Albert H. Morehead, Geoffrey Mott-Smith, Philip D. Morehead: Books
5. shall I call playing card as 'poker card', any other names? Call it a card or a playing card.
6. I heard some American named playing cards as 'pronounced as decker cards", did I get it right? Almost! It's a deck of cards.

Many thanks/ ju
[I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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## Re: How to name cards

Charlie,

As for your reply, [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

What do you mean of 'have tutored college writing'? I know the meanings of all words, but just don't get it in a sentence.

Thanks / ju

5. ## Re: How to name cards

Originally Posted by Ju
Charlie,

As for your reply, [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

What do you mean of 'have tutored college writing'? I know the meanings of all words, but just don't get it in a sentence.

Thanks / ju
Hi, Ju! Charlie has logged off for the night so I will take the liberty of answering your question.

'have tutored college writing': Charlie has experience with tutoring students who write at the college level.

Cheers,
Amigo

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