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    check or check off

    Let me say these first:

    1. This has been bugging me for weeks now because despite the dictionary definitions I based it to, the people I deal with would not believe, much more agree with me.
    2. I studied all my life and was let to believe that the use of this word is right, but now I realize, it is not. Thank you to my growing interest in verifying facts and to my job for making me too specific about everything.
    3. I rechecked and found six sources (Collins, MacMillan, vocabulary.com, dictionary.com, Farlex, Oxford) that will prove that I am using the right word for what is being asked in the materials I am correcting. Now I am having doubts because another Macmillan meaning says "check" also means the same.


    check off: to put a tick mark; to mark with a check (near or beside it) if you agree with what is stated
    check: to make sure something is correct


    Is the difference an American and British thing? Or is it just because we are used to hearing people say and write "check" but they mean "put a check mark/check" we just don't make a big deal about it?

    Check off the things that you do in school. vs. Check the things that you do in school.



    >Non-native speaker that deals with textbooks<
    >I am up for specifics, detailed replies are VERY MUCH appreciated<
    Last edited by jacqztabz; 13-Sep-2013 at 06:38.

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    Re: check or check off

    In British English, we don't use a "check mark". We call it a "tick" (not normally a "tick mark").

    We write a "checklist" and we tick things off as we do them. It may well be that the word "checklist" comes from "a list of things which you will mark with a check as you do them" but, for me at least, I put a tick against those things to check (confirm) that I have done them!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: check or check off

    Check is used in the way Macmillan say- you see it used in instructions online that tell you to check a box for an option.

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    Re: check or check off

    In BrE, the instruction usually says:

    Place a tick in the relevant box.
    Place a cross in the relevant box.
    Place a tick or a cross in the relevant box.

    Place a or a in the relevant box.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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