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Hi,

If you have a class and you are giving out blank sheets of paper for the students to write on, you would say this.

"I am passing out some sheets of paper" and would not say, "I am passing out some paper" because "paper" normally referrs to things that have some kind of writing. Right?

Then, if you are passing some thick blank sheets of paper for the students to draw or construct some paper materials, how would you tell them?

"I am giving out some thick blank art sheets for you to use" ???
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Let me confirm that in AmE either pass out or hand out are possible in the subject context of this thread.
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Secondly, a clarification on a point made earlier in the thread. Neither pass out nor hand out is a performative verb. A performative both describes and IS the performance of the action described by the verb. These are always first person pronouncements. The word hereby may or may not be present.

I promise describes and IS a promise. By virtue of saying I promise, I've performed an act of promising..
I authorize describes and IS an authorization. By saying I authorize, I've performed an act of authorization.

I do not perform an act of handing out paper by saying that I'm doing so. Saying I'm handing out paper is not performing the act of handing out paper.

CJ
Hi,

Would you say which is more common or appropriate when a teacher wants to pass out some blank (without the writing) papers to have his/her students write somethings or construct some paper materials?

I am passing out some sheets of paper for you to __________.

I am passing out some paper for you to ___________.

I am passing out paper for you to ____________.

Are they all fine? The word "paper" seems to be uncountable.
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Hi,

Would you say which is more common or appropriate when a teacher wants to pass out some blank (without the writing) papers to have his/her students write somethings or construct some paper materials?

I am passing out some sheets of paper for you to __________.

I am passing out some paper for you to ___________.

I am passing out paper for you to ____________.

Are they all fine? Yes. 'Passing out . . .' sounds a bit formal. I'd probably say 'Here is . . . ' or 'I'm going to give you . . . '

The word "paper" seems to be uncountable. In this context, yes. But in another context, particularly when the paper has writing on it, you can say things like 'three exam papers'.

Best wishes, Clive