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What Are Office Supplies and Who Uses Them?
Office supplies are the small equipments needed by a person working in an office, such as pens, pencils, erases, rulers and so on.
Office Suppplies Vocabulary Sheet: Most Common Words
|An old form of the pen also known as ‘Bic’, or ‘Bic pen’. It’s still the most widely used brand today
|There are many varieties of pens nowadays but nothing compares to the quality of the ballpoint
|A clip that is used to hold paper in place on a stand, for instance for a display or a lecture
|Check at the entrance, they provide you with bulldog clips to attach your ID badges
|A small programmable machine for processing digits about numbers, it can execute many logical or arithmetic tasks automatically
|No kid can do without a calculator these days, it’s even accepted in the exam rooms
|Office device, a weighty object one put on top of papers to hold them in place
|It is very windy in this room, close the window or use your clipboard
|Automatic data-processing equipment, obeying programs, used in particular by administrative staff for their tasks
|It takes me less time to use a computer than to write by hand
|A table on which to write and work
|It’s always nice to work in a company with nice desks
|Sheet of paper folded and pasted in a pocket-size shape to put postal items
|Helen, would you please put these letters in envelopes and post them. Thank you
|A small object used to rub out writing and drawings made with a pencil
|Nowadays, we have erasers on pencils but they have always been of poor quality
|A device for sending and receiving scanned documents. Faxed documents have a legal value
|It is fast and legal to use it for a layer
|A tall piece of storage furniture with shelves and one or more doors.
|Before leaving, please make sure you store your files in your filing cabinet. Our files are private property
|The box containing a set of documents for a case
|Please store this file carefully in its folder. It’s an important case
|A stylised pen one uses with ink contained in a reservoir or cartridge
|No one uses a fountain pen these days. It’s just for the sake of design
|Substance capable of holding together, by durable adhesion, materials in contact
|I used glue from the office to stick my little boy’s drawing on the wall
|A marker used to underline a section of writing with a bright and transparent ink
|Dear ladies, I used a red highlighter to point out your spelling mistakes
|Single-use plastic casing containing liquid or powdered ink, for use in various models of printers
|I’m going to make a thousand prints, I need to buy several ink cartridges
|A device with alphanumeric keys in several rows for typing on a computer
|I have an azerty keyboard type
|Small piece of paper or cardboard tied or glued to an item to identify it
|Today, your task is to paste labels on all these envelopes
|Felt pen drawing broad lines
|You must write the address on this parcel in marker, the pen is too small
|It’s the computer’s video output device, in other words, the screen
|All monitors under 17 inches are outdated, let’s renew our computer equipment
|Small book to record and store information to keep them in mind
|I have a doctor’s appointment at 9 a.m., fortunately I wrote it down in my notebook otherwise I would have forgotten about it
|Material made from pasted wooden fibres, then processed into a thin sheet on which to write
|I have some letters to type, give me a ream of paper
|Wooden stick, containing a long lead, used for writing or drawing erasable lines
|Before you send this letter, please draft it in pencil for me so that I can check for mistakes
|Small device with a sharp blade used to sharpen pencils
|I need a pencil sharpener, my pencil lead is too blunt
|An object like a small nail with a large head that is pressed in with a finger, commonly used for hanging paper or posters
|We need more push pins to put up the policies at the front office
|An object with two steel branches, sharp on the blade. It’s used to cut paper or cardboard
|I need scissors to cut all these papers
|The stamp pad is a small box used to print a text, a pattern, a logo on a paper.
|Remember to reset the date on the stamp pad every day when you stamp the mail
|A small machine containing clips, used to tie sheets of paper together
|Once you have sorted the sheets, staple them together
|A small sheet of paper to write notes and which has a thin adhesive strip on the back to allow it to be pasted temporarily
|Thank you for leaving me your message. These sticky notes are really useful
|Adhesive strip for packing boxes
|Wrap this package and use the brown tape
|A specific type of bin designed to receive waste from an office
|How many times do I have to say, don’t throw food in the wastebasket, it’s only for papers…
Examples of Office Supplies Vocabulary Terms in Sentences
Let’s go over some examples in forms of questions:
⮞ ‘In this list for ordering next year’s ephemeris, which format do you want?’
I would like the one with a wooden stand, mentioning the holidays and public holidays.
⮞ ‘How many paper reams does one month of photocopying require?’
for our bid files, at least ten.
⮞ ‘I have some health-problems with my back, do you have ergonomic chairs?’
Yes, we have seats with adjustable headrests and armrests.
⮞ ‘This stapler is too tiny, can you order me the 24/6 mm, 26/6 mm size?’
Well, sure, you’ll get it in three days.
⮞ ‘Can you order fifty large envelopes, one hundred and twenty medium-sized and twenty-five small ones?’
Yes, of course.
⮞ ‘We still need ballpoint pens even though we use the computer. Can you order me a set in black, blue, green and red?’
Yes, how many do you want exactly?
⮞ ‘Would you please sort Mr. Red’s files in the red folder?’
Coming right up, sir.
⮞ ‘Would you check the fax machine regularly for paper?’
I’m already doing it, sir.
⮞ ‘Can I have a return desk? We’d have more room for drawers.’
Then, you’ll give the older one to the trainee.
⮞ ‘Would you please use the green highlighter for an agreement, the yellow one for a correction and the red one for a misprint?’
Office Supplies Vocabulary Quizz and Practice Exercises
In the below exercises, look at the pictures and try to fill in the blanks:
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