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    questions about a stand fan

    Hi all,

    A stand fan is turned on and oscillating, but I don't get any breeze because it is faced in the completely opposite direction. Should I say, "turn the fan around so that I can get some breeze"?


    What if its breeze reaches me but only briefly because I am at the end of its oscillation? Should I say, "move the fan a little bit so that I could get more breeze"?


    What if the fan is facing me, but is aimed upwards? Should I say, "Push the fan down", or "Aim the fan at me"?


    What if the fan is fixed on me, but I don't want it to be. Should I say, "Make it oscillate"? Or is there a less technical way of saying it?


    Do you refer to the oscillation knob as such, or do you just call it a knob, like "push the knob down", or "pull the knob up"?


    Also, please correct any errors in the way I phrased my questions above.

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    For all the situations at the start of the post, I'd just say "Please aim the fan directly at me".
    Most fans have an "oscillate" function which is mentioned in the description/title of the product so I imagine most people would actually use that term. "Can you put it on oscillate please?"
    Most of the ones I've seen have a knob.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    If anybody's wondering what we're talking about, here's one:


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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Should I say, "Make it oscillate"? Or is there a less technical way of saying it?
    You could use set it to swing instead of oscillate.

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could use set it to swing instead of oscillate.
    How do you ask to make it stop? Do you say turn off the swing?

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Can you put it on oscillate please?"
    Why is it oscillate as opposed to oscillation?

    How do you ask to make it stop? Do you say, "Put it off oscillate"?

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    If it isn't oscillating, do you say it is fixed?

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Stop the swinging/oscillation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Also, which is a more natural way of referring to the air blowing from the fan, breeze or wind?

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    Re: questions about a stand fan

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    How do you ask to make it stop? Do you say turn off the swing?
    You could. I am honestly not too sure as it's not something I have asked or heard people ask. I have done it, especially with air-con, but it's not a question that trips off the tongue as it's not something I say. I'd use something like Could you turn swing off?

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