I was proctoring an exam for a teacher, and I noticed that some students turned their body toward the next person. I felt like they might cheat. So, I wanted to tell them to look straight (take a straight posture) in proper english. Not sure if this is grammatically correct and not awkward to say to my fellow american students. "Please look straight (or straight forward?). Do not turn your body to the side."

Thanks so much!

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    Look straight ahead is the phrase you want. It means to focus your gaze to the front and not to look to the side. Straight ahead is short for straight ahead of you, in this case. Oct 22, 2013 at 16:10
  • What @bib said, plus you may want to add, "and sit correctly in your chair" because if they are sitting sideways, "facing forward" would have them facing the student at their side. :-) Oct 22, 2013 at 17:32
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A common phrase used to seek students full attention and directing them toward the front of the room is

Please face forward!

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