hold it a little bit to the bottom

ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello:

My daughter held a long bamboo pole upright in our house, the bottom of the bamboo pole touched our new carpet, I didn't want the pole to dirty the new carpet so I told her to lift the bamboo pole up. She tried to lift up the bamboo pole, but because she was holdding the top part of the bamboo pole, the bamboo pole still touched the carpet. I wanted her to move her hand to the bottom part or the middle part of the bamboo pole, so that she could lift the bamboo pole and it won't touch the carpet. So I said to her:

1, Please hold the bamboo pole a little bit to the bottom, then lift it again.
2, Please hold the bamboo pole a little down, then lift it again.

Can I say the above bold phrases to mean "move her hand to the bottom part or the middle part of the pole"?

Thank you.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    You need another word to describe what you want. Some possibilities are:

    - "Please hold the pole a little closer to the bottom."
    - "Please hold the pole a little further down."

    There are also other ways to say this, but making lists isn't one of the things that WRF does.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Yes, I'd say "Please hold it a little bit further down", too.

    Of the two original suggestions, 1) might work, but not 2) which suggests to me that if anything she should hold the pole down (so that it touched the carpet) before lifting it again.
     
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