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What do these two tools have in common? Let's take a closer look!

Today's Lesson


  • A rubber band is a small ring of thin rubber used to hold things together.

    An eraser is a small piece of rubber (or sometimes plastic) used to remove pencil marks from paper.

    Be Careful! The Japanese word ゴム for 'rubber' comes from the Dutch language, not English.
  • rubber band は、細いゴムを小さな輪にしたもの、つまり、輪ゴムのことです。物を束ねるのに使います。

    eraser は、ゴム、または、プラスチックの小さな塊で、紙に鉛筆で書いたものを消すのに使います。つまり、消しゴムのことです。



  1. I rolled up the poster, put a rubber band around it, and put it in a mailing tube to send home.
  2. Keep the bag closed with a rubber band so that the potato chips stay fresh.
  3. When you buy a bouquet of flowers, the stems are usually held together with a rubber band.
  4. The lid of the 'bento' was held on with a rubber band.
  5. Stretch a rubber band too far and it will break.
  6. Can I borrow your eraser again? I made another mistake.
  7. (to the clerk at a stationery shop)
    I'd like some eraser refills for a mechanical pencil, please.

How many uses for a rubber band can you think of?