Say I want someone to fold a rectangular sheet of paper so that I get a cylinder with the longer side as its height.

Roll the sheet of paper along its shorter side.

Is this correct? Or should it be along the longer side?

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    I think you'd say "roll the sheet of paper lengthways" or "lengthwise", or maybe "parallel to the longest side". "Along" here seems ambiguous.
    – Stuart F
    May 1, 2022 at 11:47
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    Agreed about the ambiguity, and not using "along". It reads to me that you are actually wanting to roll up the short side; the long side remains straight. Perhaps something like "Lay the paper with one of the long sides closest to you, then roll it up away from yourself", or "place a pencil along one of the long sides, then roll it up around the pencil". Otherwise your original description is clear, though you haven't specified how tightly to roll up the paper.
    – Peter
    May 1, 2022 at 12:12
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    Referring to the untouched short side is a mistake. Starting at one of the long edges, roll the paper ... May 1, 2022 at 13:50


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