Is the following use of the verb put natural.

The music is aweful. Can I put mine?

Would the phrasal verb turn on sound better?


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I think "Can I put mine?" in the suggested context is not just unnatural, but meaningless. I suppose it might be short for "Can I put mine on?" or some similar phrase. I think "Can I turn mine on?" or "Can I play mine instead?" would be much better.

  • This might also make more sense if you change the first sentence to contrast your music with the other music, e.g., "This music is awful."
    – IronFlare
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 17:49
  • Can I say "Can I put on mine"? Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 18:12
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    "Can I put on mine" is slightly less clear, but a native speaker would understand what you meant, even if it sounded a little odd. To me, "Can I put on mine" is more often used with clothing (e.g., "Can I put on my shirt?") or something else which a person can put onto themselves. "Can I put mine on?" emphasizes that you're doing the action of putting to something else.
    – IronFlare
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 18:19
  • To add to my previous comment, I like "This music is awful. Can I play mine instead?" the best. You could also say "This music is awful. Can I play some instead?", which sounds more casual to me.
    – IronFlare
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 18:33

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