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    You can't see your eyes just like you can't see your nose

    3 year old child: I can't see my nose.

    Parent: Nobody can see their nose unless they look at their reflection.

    Child: Why?

    Parent: Well, um, because your nose is on your face, and, um, your eyes are also on your face. And, um, they're looking forward. So you can't see your nose.

    Child: I can't see my eyes, too. Why?

    Parent: Well, um, because you use your eyes to see other things. Your eyes can't see themselves because, um, it's just like how you can't see your nose, or mouth, or eyebrows.

    Please help with the italicized phrases. How would native speakers explain it?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: You can't see your eyes just like you can't see your nose

    I'm sure he could see his nose if he crossed his eyes!

    Your eyes face forward. They can only see things when you are facing them.
    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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