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Your child was trying to zip the front pocket of a back pack but he did it halfway as shown in the picture.

Is it correct to say "zip the front pocket of the back pack all the way" or "zip the front pocket of the back pack all the way to the end, not halfway"?

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Either is fine; the first one sounds a little better as there is something slightly unusual about using end in this way.

It's also common to use zip with up, even if it's not being zipped in an upward direction, so you could also say zip it all the way up.

  • Some native speakers suggest "zip it all the way shut / closed". Is it ok to say it?
    – Tom
    Sep 18, 2020 at 7:18
  • @Tom: Yes, that's good too. Sep 18, 2020 at 7:40

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