get the sticker straight


Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin

I gave my daughter a square sticker and a paper which has a square pattern, the pattern is a little bigger than the sticker. I told her: "Can you stick the sticker on this pattern and get the sticker straight? "

I meant she should align the sticker with the pattern(NOT like this). Can I say "get the sticker straight" ? Or do you have a better way to say it?

Thank you.
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    Can you put the sticker on straight?
    Can you stick the sticker on straight? (doesn't sound good because of the repeat of 'stick')
    Can you stick it on straight?


    Senior Member
    Both 'straight' and 'on' are adverbs here and modify 'stick', but refer to different things.
    'Straight' tells you how to put the sticker, 'on' tells you where to put it.
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