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    turn it down / turn it up

    Dear friends,

    Imagine I had a transmitter and my friend had a receiver to listen to me while I'm speaking. Then I'm explaining how to use the receiver to hear me well.

    1) "You can use the red button to turn down the volume and the green one to turn up the volume" - this sentence should be clear and unambiguous.

    2) "You can use the red button to turn it down and the green one to turn it up" - does this sentence make sentence? Is it clear what is meant by "it" here?

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    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    Good evening,

    To me, both sentences make perfect sense.

    We often use "turn it up a bit" or "turn it down it down a bit" in speech to usually mean volume level, on things like TVs, radios and now even things like Skype. It could mean other things like "contrast" or "brightness" on a screen, but usually the context is clear from the conversation you're having with someone.

    Funnily enough, I always associate "turn it up" with young people having fun and wanting to make the music much louder, and "turn it down" with their parents asking them to do the exact opposite!
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    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    Good evening,

    To me, both sentences make perfect sense.

    We often use "turn it up a bit" or "turn it down it down a bit" in speech to usually mean volume level, on things like TVs, radios and now even things like Skype. It could mean other things like "contrast" or "brightness" on a screen, but usually the context is clear from the conversation you're having with someone.

    Funnily enough, I always associate "turn it up" with young people having fun and wanting to make the music much louder, and "turn it down" with their parents asking them to do the exact opposite!
    Thanks for the reply!

    I'm still a bit confused about the 2nd sentence. If I just say "You can use the red button to turn it down and the green one to turn it up" without any preceding context, will it be clear that "it" means "sound"?

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    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    To avoid confusion, I would use your first sentence. That should be clear to everyone.

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    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    I've always found that a single button is all that is required to turn the volume up or down.

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    #6

    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    Not on this device, obviously.

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    #7

    Re: turn it down / turn it up

    We have two different buttons on each receiver and these buttons work differently as well. One is used to turn up the volume, the other - to turn it down.

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