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    Question copy-book vs notebook


    I'd like you to tell me if in British English you currently use "copy-book" with the meaning "book with blank pages on which you write notes".
    In our Romanian-English dictionaries, you will find both "copybook" and "notebook" defined as such.
    As a student, loooong time ago , I used my copy-book to take notes in the classroom.
    Some textbooks still use the word, although OUP, Longman, Macmillan, etc. dictionaries no longer list the word as defined above.

    A BIG thank you,

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    Re: copy-book vs notebook

    Note-book is the common form nowadays.

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    Re: copy-book vs notebook

    Copy-book may be an older throwback to a book with lines in which pupils did copy exact words and phrases, in order to learn both handwriting and spelling. To me, a notebook is more for general use: a book of lined paper in which an (older) student writes whatever he or she thinks is going to be useful during self-study and revision.

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