Friday, May 29, 2015

ink pen/pen: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, May 29, 2015

ink pen/pen
If there were any danger of confusing pens for writing with other kinds of pens (light-, sea-, pig-) the phrase “ink pen” might be useful, but it seems to be mainly a way of saying “not a pencil.” Plain old “pen” will do fine.

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1 comment:

  1. Not sure... if it is actually wrong :( In India, our teachers earlier used to stress on Pens with fluid ink as INK PENS. This was done to distinguish them from the BALL POINT PEN, with paste like ink that often smudges and hampers the writing style!

    The ink pens were always considered holier than the ball point pen!