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I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide open. Does this construction suits best? Note the bottom of the man should be resting on the floor, it's not in the image though. Actually I couldn't find one. I just want to present the position of the knees.

You should not sit in a way that knees remain open.

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    This picture appears to show a weight-lifter performing an exercise, not a person who is sitting down.
    – Jasper
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 16:01

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That image is of someone squatting, and I'm glad you aren't saying "do that but with your knees together", because it would be very difficult.

We usually describe knees as being apart or together, rather than open and closed. So you might say "sit on the floor, with your legs bent and your knees together".

  • Squatting = your butt is off the floor. Sitting = your butt is on the floor.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 15:30
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    @mixolydian: yes, and the question specifies that they mean for butts to be on the floor.
    – SamBC
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 15:33
  • I might actually phrase this as “sit on the floor, with your knees up and your legs together.” What @SamBC describes could be interpreted as kneeling- sitting on your heels with bent legs and knees together.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 15:34
  • I don't think any native speaker would take sitting to mean kneeling, but there are indeed many ways to say it.
    – SamBC
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 15:35
  • @SamBC yes sorry for the confusion- I agree with you wrt sitting vs squatting (and that sitting is what is desired here), just wanted to point out the difference.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 15:35

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