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    using a puncher to punch holes

    Little Johnny is using a puncher to punch two holes into a piece of paper.

    Little Johnny: This one's a circle. This one's a semi-circle. I want two circles.

    Well, the problem is you didn't insert this end of the paper into the puncher far enough. That's why when it punched the hole, it punched it at the edge of the paper. That's why you got the semi-circle.

    Little Johnny: Like this?

    No. You're still not inserting this side far enough. You should insert the paper all the way in, on both sides. When you insert it all the way in, you'll feel the paper hit the back of the slot. You can use both hands to insert the paper, and hold it on both sides. Right now, you're just holding the paper on one side with just one hand. That's why the other side is not getting in far enough. You don't have to keep your other hand on the top of the puncher. Insert the paper properly first, make sure it's aligned right, then you can punch.

    Please check italics if they sound natural.
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    Re: using a puncher to punch holes

    Good! Instead of "puncher," I'd say "paper puncher," "paper punch," "hole puncher," "hole punch," or "three-hole punch."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: using a puncher to punch holes

    It's called a hole punch in the UK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: using a puncher to punch holes

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's called a hole punch in the UK.
    Also in the US.
    I am not a teacher.

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