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    All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    The other day I was having a conversation with a native speaker(of English) over Facebook. In the end, I told him my exams are going on and that I have 4 more remaining. While wishing me luck he said this: "all the best for your coming papers".

    Why would someone say "papers" here?

    I am not a native speaker of English.

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    #2

    Re: All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Okay but when used in such a context(like wishing luck) wouldn't "paper" be a wrong word. Wouldn't "paper" just refer to the set of questions or answers ignoring the action part of an examination ?
    Last edited by justlearning; 20-Apr-2014 at 19:46.

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    Re: All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    It's fine in BE.

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    Re: All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    Justlearning, it's important to use correct spacing around punctuation.

    - Put a space before an opening quotation mark or an opening bracket.
    - Do not put a space after an opening quotation mark or an opening bracket.
    - Do not put a space before a closing quotation mark or a closing bracket.
    - Put a space after a closing quotation mark or a closing bracket.

    However, if you are putting a quote inside brackets, then you put a space before the opening bracket but then write the opening quotation mark straight away. Here are some examples.

    I like (fried) apples.
    What is the reason for using "me" instead of "myself"?
    All the best for the coming exams ("exams" instead of "tests"?)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: All the best for the coming papers( "papers" instead of "exams")

    In AmE, "paper" would not be used for an exam. It would be used for an essay or a term paper or a publication.

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