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    #1

    pedestal fan

    A pedestal fan oscillates and the wind goes in different directions to cool different parts of a room. If you want to direct the wind to one direction you push a button and then it's done.
    My question is how do you say that? Do you say "fix the fan"?

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    #2

    Re: pedestal fan

    You switch off the oscillator.

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    #3

    Re: pedestal fan

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You switch off the oscillator.
    So you mean we normally say "
    switch off the oscillator" to mean that? Is the following example natural?
    I'm having a bad headache because of the wind of the fan on me. Could you please switch off the oscillator so that it doesn't blow on me?
    By the way, do the underlined parts sound natural and correct?

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    #4

    Re: pedestal fan

    And here I was thinking that this was going to be about people who adored the things that statues were set on!

    I don't at all disagree with Rover on his suggestion, but some people - maybe many people - don't know the word oscillator. So you could say more simply " Could you stop the fan from turning?" and people will know what that means.
    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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    #5

    Re: pedestal fan

    With air conditioners, that function is called swing, so maybe you could use that.

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