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    child stepping with just half of his foot

    Walking up the stairs with a child who keeps on stepping using only half of his foot, meaning the heel is behind the step and not touching it, which is the most natural way to speak:

    You should step with your whole foot on the step, not just half of it. You're likely to misstep and hurt yourself.
    Don't step with just half of your foot. Your whole foot should be on the step. You might misstep and hurt yourself.
    Step with your whole foot, not just your the front half of your foot. You might misstep and hurt yourself.

    How would you have phrased it?
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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    We usually refer to the back part of the foot as the heel, and the front as the toe or toes.
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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    'Put all of your foot on the step or you might slip off and hurt yourself.'

    Demonstrate the technique and simulate the potential accident.

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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    I'd just say 'Go up the stairs like this', and demonstrate.
    Last edited by Piscean; 22-Apr-2016 at 12:17. Reason: minor typo

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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    The front of the foot is called the ball of the foot. It's true that the toes are further forward than the ball, but I don't think the child was walking up on his toes.

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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Put all of your foot on the step or you might slip off and hurt yourself.'
    I've always said You might slip and hurt yourself, like when the floor is wet.

    Should it have been You might slip off and hurt yourself?
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    Re: child stepping with just half of his foot

    You don't need "slip off."

    I'd say "Make sure you put your whole foot on the step. We don't want to slip and fall."
    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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