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    Question Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    Hi,
    Could you please give me the informal name for "propelling pencil"? Especially in BrE.


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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    Some office supply websites call them 'mechanical pencils', Merghan, but I've never heard anyone use that term in real life.

    I don't think there's anything better than propelling pencil - formal or informal.

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    Question Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    1. Is "lead pencil" a right synonym?
    2. Would you please give me some collocations used with it? For example, should I say, 'I've run out of lead!', 'Have you got any extra lead?', 'I need to change the lead', or, 'My lead pencil takes 0.7 leads.'?

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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Some office supply websites call them 'mechanical pencils', Merghan, but I've never heard anyone use that term in real life.

    I don't think there's anything better than propelling pencil - formal or informal.

    Rover
    Many thanks dear Rover. I asked so cos I thought school children might find it hard to use "propelling", which sounded a bit formal to me. I thought there must be a childish term, slang or something for it in BrE. Ta!

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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    (Not a teacher)

    Here in NZ, I've only ever heard the terms 'mechanical pencil' and 'clutch pencil' (the latter not since my student days doing Tech. drawing).

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    Question Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    ZCould anyone please check my sentences? I mean the collocations. Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    1. Is "lead pencil" a right synonym?
    2. Would you please give me some collocations used with it? For example, should I say, 'I've run out of lead!' 'My lead's run out' would be much better', 'Have you got any extra lead*?', 'I need to change the lead', or, 'My lead pencil takes 0.7 leads.'?
    A standard old pencil is a lead pencil.

    * Note that - as in your last example - 'a lead' is countable in this case.

    I like NZ's 'clutch pencil', but it doesn't work in Br. English.

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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    As a BrE speaker, I have only ever heard "propelling pencil" and "mechanical pencil".

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    Default Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    As for me, this is the first time I've ever seen the term "propelling pencil." The only one I've ever known is "mechanical pencil."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Question Re: Informal term for a "propelling pencil" please?

    Thanks to all dear posters. Due to my imperfect knowledge of English I was thinking English speakers in this case (which to me sounds as a word of high frequency) might use the reduction form of "clipping" and change the word into something like "prop" instead of "propelling pencil". Is it probable that some students use this new form in contemporary English? Thanks.

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