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What is a "mark" as far as performance in an examination is concerned ?
If someone gets "78 out of 100" in an exam , should we say that he got the mark "78" or should we say that he got 78 marks out of 100 ?
What I want to know is whether a mark is the score someone has got or whether it is one unit of the total score that someone has got ?
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I've never considered "marks" as units, but rather as generic grades.
"She always got good marks."
"What kind of a mark did he give you?"

("Mark" = "grade")
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Hi,

In my experience, the word 'mark' is used in both ways.

eg My mark in the exam was 78.

eg I lost 3 marks because of careless errors.

eg Each question was worth 10 marks.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,
In my experience, the word 'mark' is used in both ways.

eg My mark in the exam was 78.

eg I lost 3 marks because of careless errors.

eg Each question was worth 10 marks.
In the U.S. you might hear the first of these, although usually it would be "My score was 78." But the second and third sentences are not used at all in the U.S. Here you get a grade based ont he number of points in your total score. "My grade was an A-minus. I lost 8 points (out of a hundred) due to careless errors, so my score was only 92%."
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