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    Upside-down

    What's that phrase teachers use to tell students to flip their papers / books around?

    Turn your papers upside-down / bottom-up ?

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    Re: Upside-down

    Quote Originally Posted by pizza View Post
    What's that phrase teachers use to tell students to flip their papers / books around?

    Turn your papers upside-down / bottom-up ?
    Turn your papers over?

    I don't think 'bottom-up' would be used. I also don't think there is one standard phrase, it would depend on the individual teacher.

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    Re: Upside-down

    Mmm that seems to work for both cases.

    Thanks :)

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    Re: Upside-down

    I never told my students to turn their papers upside-down. There would have been no point - many people can read upside-down.

    I often told them to turn them over - that is face-down.

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    Re: Upside-down

    If the papers are facing down I usually say 'turn your papers over / around' so they can read them. But if the papers are already facing up, what do you say if you want them to put them face-down?

    'Put your papers away' could also work but that's not what I want to say.
    Last edited by pizza; 04-Nov-2011 at 23:59.

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    Re: Upside-down

    Turn your papers over.

    If they are already face down (this was sometimes the case with timed tests, when everyone had to start at once), then you flip it over so you can read it.

    If they are face up, you flip them over so the blank side if facing up.

    You use the same phrase for each situation.
    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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