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    Turn off - down. Shut off - down.

    Hello. I am confused about these 4 phrases
    Turn it off
    Turn it down
    Shut it off
    Shut it down.

    Which one will you use for the
    C)Coffee machine

    Is there inside your brain any rule that is used to make this sort of decisions?
    Best Regards

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    Re: Turn off - down. Shut off - down.

    Interesting thread

    I would say:
    A)Window -> Shut it down. (I'm talking about windows that you can pull down)
    B)Door -> Shut it.
    C)Coffee machine -> Turn it off.
    D)Shutters -> Shut them down.
    E)Television/Monitor -> Turn it off.

    Would be nice if a teacher or another member could say something as well.

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**


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