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    #1

    tick, check

    For the multiple choices on the examination papers. There are squares in front of the choices to select the answer.

    Shall I say :

    1. please put a tick in the square
    2. please put a tick in the box
    3. please put a check in the box
    4. please put a check in the square

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    #2

    Re: tick, check

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    For the multiple choices on the examination papers. There are squares in front of the choices to select the answer.

    Shall I say :

    1. please put a tick in the square
    2. please put a tick in the box
    3. please put a check in the box
    4. please put a check in the square

    ju
    I would use #3. Please wait for a BrE-speaker to respond. I believe they will provide a different answer.

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    #3

    Re: tick, check

    Yes - we'd use #1.

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    #4

    tick/check something

    Is "tick or check something" more common than "put a tick or check in something"?

    Definition and pronunciation of tick | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    tick something
    to put a mark (✓) next to an item on a list, an answer, etc
    Please tick the appropriate box.
    Tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to each question.
    I've ticked the names of the people who have paid.


    Definition and pronunciation of check | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
    check something
    to put a mark (✓) next to an item on a list, an answer, etc
    Check the box next to the right answer.

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    #5

    Re: tick, check

    Yes, simply say "check the box."

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    #6

    Re: tick, check

    Or 'tick the box'.

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    #7

    Re: tick, check

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, simply say "check the box."
    Will others misunderstand that I am saying check the the content of the box?


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    #8

    Re: tick, check

    The box should be a little, empty box. There should not be any content in it.
    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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    #9

    Re: tick, check

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The box should be a little, empty box. There should not be any content in it.
    What I mean is to check whether the answer is wrong or right?


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    #10

    Re: tick, check

    These are usually some form of multiple choice. It's pretty self-evident what one should do. Saying "Please put a check in the box" seems to be giving more instruction than should be necessary.

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