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    fill in and fill out ?

    Hello,
    Is there the different between " to FILL IN and to FILL out an application ? "

    thanks in advance.

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Hello,
    Is there the different between "to FILL IN and to FILL out an application"?

    Thanks in advance.
    No. In BrE, we usually use "fill in".

    Note that you don't put a space before a question mark, nor before or after quotation marks.

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    Hi,
    So you mean : to fill out is used in american english ? as sometimes i heard people said : to fill out.

    thanks

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Hi,
    So do you mean "to fill out" is used in American English? as Sometimes I heard people said say "to fill out".

    Thanks.
    They are both correct but "to fill in" is more usual in BrE. I'm sure someone from the USA will be able to tell us whether they are both used in AmE.

    As I said in my first post, we don't put a space before a question mark (you repeated the error in this post).
    Also, it's very important to begin every new sentence with a capital letter, to always capitalise the word "I" and to use capital letters at the beginnig of proper nouns (here, languages).

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    Thank you for the explanation and sorry for i always forget the rule of writing .

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Thank you for the explanation and sorry for I always forget the rules of writing.
    PLEASE capitalise the word "I". It is a little ironic that in a post where you apologise for forgetting certain things, you make exactly the same error!

    I should perhaps have been clearer - it is not only a question mark we don't put a space before. Any punctuation mark at the end of a sentence (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark) goes directly after the last word of the sentence.

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    oh! sorry and thanks to your correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Oh! Sorry and thanks to for your correction.
    Let's make this the last time I write this. Start every new sentence with a capital letter please!

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

    They would be interchangeable to me in meaning, but I would tend to use "fill out." If I handed you something I would say "Fill this out while you are waiting for the doctor." However, if you left something blank, I'd probably say "you need to fill this in."

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    Re: fill in and fill out ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    They would be interchangeable to me in meaning, but I would tend to use "fill out." If I handed you something I would say "Fill this out while you are waiting for the doctor." However, if you left something blank, I'd probably say "you need to fill this in."
    Agreed. If I gave someone a form, I'd say, "Please fill out the form." If it were a scantron test, I'd say "Fill in the form/bubbles." If it were short answer, I may say, "Fill in the blank/s."

    To me, fill in implies a correct/expected set of answers. Fill out seems more variable to me.

    If you're using AmE, perhaps thinking "fill out [completely]" will help distinguish the two, but they're both extremely close semantically.

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