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How to describe essay formats?

Posted by xiaophil May 16, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.

Tags: paper format, essay format

Hello everyone,

I have to assign an essay to some students who struggle with English.  I would like to be able to tell them the Chinese words related to page formatting if need be.  Below is a list of related terms followed by my incomplete (and possibly erroneous) translation of them.  Do any of you know how to translate the missing terms?  Any other corrections?

Essay format:

  • 2.5 to 3 pages
  • single-sided
  • A4 paper
  • Helvetica or similar Font
  • Font size: 12pt
  • Double-spaced
  • 2.5 cm margins


  • 2.5至3页
  • 单面
  • A4纸
  • 赫 尔维蒂卡或者类似的字体
  • 字体大小:(don't know)
  • (don't know)
  • 2.5厘米页边空白

Note: I'm especially interested in the best way to indicate '12pt'.  When I use Chinese computers, I notice that there are two font size systems.  The one that is listed first in the drop down menu is the specifically Chinese system.  (I hope this makes sense.)  I wonder which Chinese size is the equivalent of 12pt?

Thanks in advance.


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