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    #1

    Tick / check all that apply.

    This is about a questionnaire.
    In BrE, you say "Please tick all that apply." In AmE, you say "Please check all that apply."
    If it's a questionnaire to be filled in by various kinds of English-speaking people (such as pepole from the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand), how should I write?
    How about "Please place a check mark to all that apply"?

    Thank you.

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    #2
    Canadians understand and use both tick and check. If you want something universal how about mark? "Mark each box that applies" works for me.

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    #3

    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    'Please each box that applies.

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    #4

    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Please each box that applies.
    That's a great idea, but I'd like to express it with words.

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    #5

    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Canadians understand and use both tick and check. If you want something universal how about mark? "Mark each box that applies" works for me.
    I am not sure all Americans will understand "tick". I think "mark" is good choice.

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    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am not sure all Americans will understand "tick". I think "mark" is good choice.
    But some would mark it with an . Would that invalidate your questionnaire, pinkie?

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    #7

    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    But some would mark it with an . Would that invalidate your questionnaire, pinkie?
    Technically, is a cross mark, not a check/tick mark. But if that happens, I guess we would regard it as the same as a check mark not to invalidate our questionnaire.

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    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Technically, is a cross mark, not a check/tick mark. But if that happens, I guess we would regard it as the same as a check mark not to invalidate our questionnaire.
    I'm not sure what you mean by 'technically'; in fact, I seldom am when anyone says it.

    Written language is, I'm afraid, mediated widely through Windows. Windows has checkboxes and when you click them (to signify yes) Windows fills them in with a .

    I don't see the need to resist Rover's suggestion. In a document that has to work in many languages and cultures, pictures are clearer than words.

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    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    If the instructions are by the boxes they have to mark/check/tick, it will be clear to most people what you want. However, could you use a word and a graphic?

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    Re: Tick / check all that apply.

    Is it a handwritten form or will they be completing it online?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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