Translation of pencil

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Translation of pencil

In a recent fill in the blank test, it asked for “pencil”. I’ve always been taught that it is “crayon “, but the test required “crayon [à ]. papier” ( sorry, my memory fails me about the à part ).  When did crayon become insufficient?   It was probably one of the first French words I learned! 

Asked 6 days ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Me too, but it seems that "crayon" is a pencil, in general, whereas "crayon à papier" is more specific, like "lead pencil". But apparently it varies a lot across different regions:

 

https://francaisdenosregions.com/2016/11/25/crayon-de-bois-ou-crayon-dea-papier/

Translation of pencil

In a recent fill in the blank test, it asked for “pencil”. I’ve always been taught that it is “crayon “, but the test required “crayon [à ]. papier” ( sorry, my memory fails me about the à part ).  When did crayon become insufficient?   It was probably one of the first French words I learned! 

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