Papier en 3ex

English translation: paper in triplicate

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French term or phrase:papier en 3 ex [exemplaires]
English translation:paper in triplicate
Entered by: Tony M

15:43 Nov 13, 2018
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Paper / Paper Manufacturing
French term or phrase: Papier en 3ex
Not much context to this... I assume it's some kind of dimension or measure, but can't seem to find any explanation of it.
kj1308
United Kingdom
paper in triplicate
Explanation:
Impossible to be sure without even a minimum of context, but in the case of things like contracts etc., when they say "en X exemplaires", they usually means 'X identical originals' (indeed, they even often explicitly state 'originaux' etc.), which is subtly different from a document of which 3 copies are made; hence using the more formal term 'in triplicate' often helps avoid any possible ambiguity that might be introduced.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2018-11-13 17:51:28 GMT)
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In the case of plans, it will often be 'an electronic version + paper version in triplicate' etc.

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Note added at 3 days 6 hrs (2018-11-16 21:48:34 GMT) Post-grading
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Now that we have that vital extra context — that it is about plans — I think we'd probably simply say '3 paper copies', as for plans there is no issue of their all being equivalent originals (as is the case for e.g. legal docs)
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Tony M
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Local time: 23:07
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papier en 3ex
paper in triplicate


Explanation:
Impossible to be sure without even a minimum of context, but in the case of things like contracts etc., when they say "en X exemplaires", they usually means 'X identical originals' (indeed, they even often explicitly state 'originaux' etc.), which is subtly different from a document of which 3 copies are made; hence using the more formal term 'in triplicate' often helps avoid any possible ambiguity that might be introduced.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2018-11-13 17:51:28 GMT)
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In the case of plans, it will often be 'an electronic version + paper version in triplicate' etc.

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Note added at 3 days 6 hrs (2018-11-16 21:48:34 GMT) Post-grading
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Now that we have that vital extra context — that it is about plans — I think we'd probably simply say '3 paper copies', as for plans there is no issue of their all being equivalent originals (as is the case for e.g. legal docs)

Tony M
France
Local time: 23:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Daryo: nowadays a "paperwork" made of actual paper = endangered species => sounds puzzling // must be that - many forms are (still) printed in triplicate - say white original, one yellow copy for the other party and one green copy for archives. What else?
48 mins
  -> Thanks, Daryo! I doubt it would be 'self-copying forms (though without context it could be anything!)

agree  B D Finch
7 hrs
  -> Thanks, B!
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