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    Eraser

    After we rubbed the paper with an eraser, there're some dust-liked little things coming out from the eraser. Do I call it "eraser residue", "eraser shavings" or "eraser rubbings?

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    After we rub bed the paper with an eraser, [ 1] there're there are some dust-like d little things left coming out from the eraser. Do I call it them "eraser residue", "eraser shavings" or "eraser rubbings"?
    I would just use "dirt" or "little bits of dirt". There is no real term for it.

    [ 1]: Note that "there're" is incorrect.
    Last edited by teechar; 22-Jan-2021 at 15:27. Reason: correction there's --> there are

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I would just use "dirt" or "little bits of dirt". There is no real term for it.

    [ 1]: Note that "there're" is incorrect.
    I should use "there is" because "little things" is uncountable. Am I right?

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    Re: Eraser

    Good question! There ought to be a word for it—I'm sure I've had a need to refer to this many times before.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 22-Jan-2021 at 18:09. Reason: missing word

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I should use "there is" because "little things" is uncountable. Am I right?
    No. Use "there are". I've corrected my post above.
    I meant to say that "there're" does not exist in English. "There is" can be contracted to "there's", but you can't do that with "there are".

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    No. Use "there are". I've corrected my post above.
    I meant to say that "there're" does not exist in English. "There is" can be contracted to "there's", but you can't do that with "there are".
    There is no contraction for "there are", am I right?

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I would just use "dirt" or "little bits of dirt". There is no real term for it.

    [ 1]: Note that "there're" is incorrect.
    Dust-like little things are countable, am I right?

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    Re: Eraser

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    There is no contraction for "there are", am I right?
    Right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Dust-like little things are countable, am I right?
    Yes. Focus on the noun.

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    Re: Eraser

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    Can I call it rubber sprinkles/eraser sprinkles?

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    Re: Eraser

    I wouldn't know what you meant by that.
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