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Bagsensei

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Japanese
Hello.
We were doing an activity in the class. In the game, all students are facing me but I wanted the students not to see my gestures, so I want them to turn to their back and face backwards. In giving a command, should the sentences below sounds natural?

- Everybody must face backwards.
- Everybody must face at your back.
Or any expression that you could suggest.

thank you in advance.
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    As far as I know, it's physically impossible to face backwards.

    "Turn your back" is all you need. Or, you can ask them to face to the rear (of the room).
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The normal way is "Everyone should turn round." (or the imperative - "Everyone turn round.") For added clarity: "Everyone should turn round so that they are facing away from me/so they cannot see me."

    If you consider yourself to be at the front of the class, you could say, "Everyone should turn round and face the back of the class."
     

    Bagsensei

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    As far as I know, it's physically impossible to face backwards.

    "Turn your back" is all you need. Or, you can ask them to face to the rear (of the room).
    Thank you very much sdgraham. I have a follow up question, If I say "turn to your back" would it be ambiguous?
     
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