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bihunsedap
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:42:13 AM

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The smartphone is automatic screen off after it has been a while not using.

"Turn it on
." When he took the phone, the screen disappeared.

He asked me to let him play the phone.


Is the word "turn on" used correctly?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:01:21 AM

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Hi!

"Turn it on" is fine (though I'd normally ask "Can you turn it on for me?") - "Turn it on" is an order - not polite.
The rest of your post needs some correction.

The smartphone is automatic screen off after it has been a while not using.
The smartphone screen automatically turns off after it has not been used for a while.

He asked me to let him play the phone.
He asked me to let him play with the phone.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:24:00 PM

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The "turn it on" command would sound very harsh from anyone beyond the age of 5.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:17:17 PM
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Bihundesap -

What Drago & Wilmar say is very true. If you want him to learn to speak English, you MUST teach him to say "Please" and "Thank you".

If an English speaker heard your little boy saying "Turn it on" or "Move over" they would think he was a *bad* boy.

In English there is a BIG difference between telling someone to do something which is very, very rude and *asking* them which is normal.

If they don't ASK politely, and say "Thank you", then they don't get it.

"Please can you move over?"
"Please can you turn it on?"
"Please can you fix my aeroplane?"

"Thanks/thank you Daddy"
bihunsedap
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:23:40 PM

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Thanks all.

I will ask him to say politely, and me too.
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