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What's that phrase teachers use to tell students to flip their papers / books around?
Turn your papers upside-down / bottom-up ?
Mmm that seems to work for both cases.
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.
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 22:59.
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.