make scratches on piece of paper

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Terwexel

Senior Member
nederlands
Hello,

When somebody wants to find out if a pen still works and tries it on a piece of paper, could you then say in English:

"He tried the pen by making scratches on a piece of paper"?

Thank you in advance.
 
  • Andre 3000

    Member
    English - United Kingdom
    Hi. I think you would simply say 'He tried the pen on a piece of paper' - leaving context to give the reason why, or 'He tried the pen on a piece of paper to see if it worked', if there was no context.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I think that only a fountain pen could make scratches on the paper, and only if it was out of ink or the nib was broken.

    If you mean a ballpoint pen, maybe you mean "scribbling" on a piece of paper.
     

    Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I think that only a fountain pen could make scratches on the paper,
    You must have a very light touch (or high quality ball point pens). Often when a biro is a bit recalcitrant, it can take quite a lot of scribbling before it becomes co-operative. Occasionally they need more persuasion, and I press harder. Many's the time I've shredded the paper before admitting defeat and consigning the bloody thing to the bin.
     
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