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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > how do you say in british english...    

how do you say in british english...


how do you say in british english...
take the cap off the pen / put the cap on the pen
or can/ uncap the pen

5 Feb 2015      


BE is lid, not cap.  But nowadays, most everyday pens are retractable (click or twist) and don�t have lids. 
Correct: Take the lid off the pen / put the lid (back) on the pen
However, both lid and cap are used for whiteboard markers and coloured markers in Australia.

5 Feb 2015     

United States

AE is cap.
The first is more natural, I guess the second (cap/uncap) isn �t wrong, but it sounds a little awkward.

6 Feb 2015