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    Low on battery

    Hi. Is it okay and natural to say "My phone is running low on battery"?

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    #2

    Re: Low on battery

    I don't see any need for on battery.

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    Re: Low on battery

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't see any need for on battery.
    Nevertheless this construction is commonly heard. e.g.

    We are running low on beer.
    The car is running low on gas.
    Etc.

    Where I live we are likely to say "My phone is running low on juice."

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    Re: Low on battery

    How about "Please put my phone to charging"? It doesn't sound very natural to me.

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    Re: Low on battery

    It's not natural. "Please charge my phone" or "Please put my phone on/onto charge" work in BrE. Of course, they only work if for some reason you're asking someone else to take your phone and plug it in to charge. Most of us would just do it ourselves.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Feb-2017 at 12:40. Reason: Fixing typo.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Low on battery

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not natural. "Please charge my phone" or "Please put my phone on/onto charge" work in BrE. Of course, they only work if for some reason you're asking someone else to take your phone and plug it in to charge. Most of us would just do it ourselves.
    So it's only just "charge" instead of "charging", yes?

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    Re: Low on battery

    Yes.

    Please respond to my question on your other thread regarding your stated location (Pakistan) not being the same as your IP location (China). Where are you?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Low on battery

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes.

    Please respond to my question on your other thread regarding your stated location (Pakistan) not being the same as your IP location (China). Where are you?
    Have already.

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    Re: Low on battery

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    Have already.
    My guess is that Little Girl is near the border, where there is now lots of activity on the new road that will connect Beijing to the sea via Pakistan.

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    Re: Low on battery

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    Hi. Is it okay and natural to say "My phone is running low on battery"?
    Yes, it sounds very natural to me. However, it's not what I would teach people to say.

    You could also say:

    My phone's running out of charge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    How about "Please put my phone to charging"? It doesn't sound very natural to me.
    That's a completely different sentence. No, it's not correct or natural.

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