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    Use of foreign words or expressions

    Is it acceptable, in an English written or oral exam, to use foreign expressions such as touche, entrepeneur, siesta, and so on.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by jmendez View Post
    Is it acceptable, in an English written or oral exam, to use foreign expressions such as touche, entrepreneur, siesta, and so on.

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    That depends on how foreign the words are and how they are used. In your examples, entrepreneur (spelling corrected above) would be perfectly fine. The other two would be less likely, but the context would be important.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by jmendez View Post
    Is it acceptable, in an English written or oral exam, to use foreign expressions such as touche, entrepeneur, siesta, and so on.

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    "Entrepreneur" is widely used, there isn't really an alternative in modern English. I think the others would be OK in the right context.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Generally, the Weltanschauung of English is very open to code-switching in an academic context, particularly in the cases of Latin, French, Greek and German, but if you're a student, don't use any phrases that come from your lingua mater, or the examiner will likely think you were unable to find the "mot juste" yourself.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Aug-2013 at 05:49. Reason: typo correctd

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Note that it's "touché" (the accent is important).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    "Siesta" has long been part of the English language vocabulary.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Hi, teachers.

    I have a question: Can I use such words in written Exam?
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

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    I have a question: Can I use such words in written Exam?
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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

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    Can I use such words in written exams?
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    Re: Use of foreign words or expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by jmendez View Post
    Is it acceptable, in an English written or oral exam, to use foreign expressions such as touche, entrepeneur, siesta, and so on.

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    It would depend on the disposition/tolerance level of your instructor, but to be safe I would not be inclined to use any unless use would be relevant to the subject matter of the essay. Use in conversation would be OK if you know that the listener would understand.

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