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    Come back up from in between

    Hi,

    Are the underlined sentences in the following text correct and natural?

    Sit-up instructions.
    Stand up straight and keep your feet about 12 inches apart. Now go down slowly, bending your knees, as if you are sitting on a chair. Now come back up. You donít have to go all the way down until your hips touch your heels. You have to come back up from in between. The aim is to strain your thigh muscles as much as possible.


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    MG.

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the underlined sentences in the following text correct and natural?

    Sit-up instructions.
    Stand up straight and keep your feet about 12 inches apart. Now go down slowly, bending your knees, as if you are sitting on a chair. Now come back up. You donít have to go all the way down until your hips touch your heels. You have to come back up from in between. The aim is to strain your thigh muscles as much as possible.


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    MG.
    MG, first of all, I think you are describing deep knee bends, not sit-ups.

    Now, to your sentences. The first one is OK. The second is not clear, but I think I know what you are trying to say. I think you mean to say:

    You just need to come back up from the half-way down position.

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the underlined sentences in the following text correct and natural?

    Stand up straight and keep your feet about 12 inches apart. Now go down slowly, bending your knees, as if you are sitting on a chair. Now come back up. You donít have to go all the way down until your hips touch your heels. You have to come back up from in between. The aim is to strain your thigh muscles as much as possible.


    MG.
    If you heard a native speaker saying this, and are asking whether it is correct and natural, the answer is: YES. It may not be very elegant, and we may strive for greater clarity in writing, but the people involved in this situation know exactly what is being talked about .If my child has been exploring a small cavern under a tree root, I might well say to him, "Come back out from down under (there)."

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry081958 View Post
    I think you mean to say:

    You just need to come back up from the half-way down position.
    Are there other ways to say the same thing? 'the half-way down position' sounds a bit technical.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Are there other ways to say the same thing? 'the half-way down position' sounds a bit technical.

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    I agree. If the words are being uttered in conversation, or written in an informal set of instruuctions, as this appears to be, stick with the original.

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Thanks fivejedjon,

    So the use of 'from in between' is acceptable in conversations?

    MG.

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    Re: Come back up from in between

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    So the use of 'from in between' is acceptable in conversations?

    MG.
    I would say so.

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