"bad copy" instead of "rough copy"

giulie

New Member
italian
Hi, I would ask you if the term "bad copy" in the place of "rough copy" is completely incorrect in English written/spoken language.
Thank you in advance.
Giulia.
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Welcome to the forum, giulie. :)

    Please note that we require full sentences and context, i.e. the surrounding information that enables us to know what you are talking about.
     

    giulie

    New Member
    italian
    Ok, sorry. I've taken an exam and I have presented two copies of my paper. A fair copy and a rough copy. Instead of writing rough copy on the paper to indicate it, I have written "bad copy" with disagreement of my mother tongue examiner.
    Cheers,
    Giulia
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Might you be talking about a "draft?":)

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
    draft /dræft/ n.
    1. [countable]
    2. an early version of a writing that may be revised:The first draft of the paper had some mistakes.
     

    giulie

    New Member
    italian
    So it is completely wrong. Does it exist "bad copy" to indicate something like "the draft of a manuscript", or the term doesn't exist at all.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    The term exists, but not in the context you present.

    If I tried to sculpt a copy of Michelangelo's David, it would be a really, really bad copy.:rolleyes:

    (That's why we ask for context)
     
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