Let's say I am trying to install or plug something with wire() at my place with my friend. So he is holding one end of the wire(and other one being plugged in) and I will give him instructions.

For example, there is a laptop the room and I need to connect it to a multi plug. Assuming the laptop power socket is on the right, there are two possible arrangements : wire in the back of the laptop to the plug or wire going in front of the screen.

So How do I specify the wire arrangement?

Should I say tell my friend

Bring the wire in the laptop's back/front.
Don't run the wire in the front of the the screen, it will block the view.

I think both of them are incorrect, but I am not very certain.

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    The second version (more exactly, Don't run the wire in front of the screen, with two unwanted the's removed) is "natural" English. The first one isn't. Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 18:15
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    I'd probably change it to cord or cable.
    – user230
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 18:56
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    Could you run that wire around the back so I won't have to fight with it all the time?
    – MrsGrace
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 1:34
  • Don't keep the cable in front of the screen, it'll hinder the view
    – Maulik V
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 5:22

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It is common to use run as the verb for routing wires.

"Run the wires behind the stereo so they will be out of sight."

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