Recto verso

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French Expression

Meaning front and back, on both sides
Literally front side back side
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Pronunciation French pronunciation [rek to vehr so]

Usage notes: The Latin words recto and verso refer to the front and the back of a sheet of paper, respectively, and are commonly used in French:

Par exemple…

Le recto de la page 10 est blanc.
The front of page 10 is blank.

N’oubliez pas les questions au verso.
Don’t forget the questions on the back.

Synonyms for verso
  • fausse page
  • page gauche
  • page paire
  Synonyms for recto
  • belle page
  • page droite
  • page impaire

The two words together make the common French expression recto verso, meaning "front and back" or "double-sided":

Par exemple…

Vous devez écrire 3 à 5 pages recto verso.
You need to write 3-5 pages, front and back.

Je préfère imprimer recto verso.
I prefer double-sided printing.

Variation: au recto et au verso

Synonym: des deux côtés

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