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    #1

    the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    Come on. Let go over to this side of the room. It's cooler here because the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    Natural? Any way to better express the same thought?
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    #2

    Re: the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    No, trained doesn't mean pointed. I'd say It's cooler here because the air conditioner's vent is pointing this way.

    You could write air conditioner vent, using air conditioner as an attributive noun. In fact, this would probably be more common than the possessive.

    Aircon isn't used in AmE.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 07-May-2016 at 14:33.
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    #3

    Re: the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No, trained doesn't mean pointed.
    It does actually. It's used with 'on' or 'at' rather than 'towards'.
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    #4

    Re: the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    The difference is that you don't have to give air conditioners treats when training.

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    #5

    Re: the aircon's vent is trained towards this side.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    It does actually. It's used with 'on' or 'at' rather than 'towards'.
    That's true, but in the US we usually say "aimed" or "pointed."

    And we never say "aircon"!
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