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    words about tap water

    Dear teachers,

    I am looking for a way of saying "turn the tap water smaller." I know "smaller" might not be the correct way of saying it, but I hope you understand what I was trying to say.

    And, I also want to know how to say the opposite. I have heard people saying "turn the tap water wider." I don't know if that is right.

    Thanks

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    Re: words about tap water

    I don't think I've heard "Turn the tap wider" but I have heard "open it up a little more" so I suppose "close it up some."

    But I'd probably say something like "You're wasting water. Turn it down a bit." Or "Lessen the flow of water." I suppose it might matter why I was giving that direction. "Too much water" might do it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: words about tap water

    When I am at the squirting end of a hosepipe, I tend to call to my minion at the tap end "Too much!" or, if I want her to increase the flow, "More!". These 'instructions' work.

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    Re: words about tap water

    thanks a lot! I think now I know what to say next time!

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    Re: words about tap water

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    When I am at the squirting end of a hosepipe, I tend to call to my minion at the tap end "Too much!" or, if I want her to increase the flow, "More!". These 'instructions' work.
    Great! Thanks a lot for the helpful inputs!

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    Re: words about tap water

    Harriet, your thanks are appreciated, but you don't need to send them in a separate post or to quote our answers back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


    Rover

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