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Look at the hem of my T-shirt above.

Is it natural to say "the hem of your T-shirt is folded up (not nice). Let/put it down" in everyday English?

  • It would help to know what you are trying to say. "Let it down" or "Put it down" is a command. Are you trying to command someone else to do it?
    – stangdon
    Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 16:41
  • @stangdon, in some Asian languages, we don't often say "please". That may affect my saying
    – Tom
    Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 16:43
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    I would say 'turned up' for the hem of a garment accidentally doubled back like that. Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 16:59
  • "Let it down" makes it sound like there are cords holding it up and they should be untied.
    – David42
    Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 17:39
  • If it is obvious what needs to be done, you can just say, "fix it." This would sound quite rude if addressed to anyone but a small child. To another adult, you could say, "You might want to fix that." Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 18:44

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Straighten [out] fits well with things that naturally become crooked, crinkled, crenulated, or—as is the case here—folded. Unfold also works as a literal description.

Let down and put down sound more natural when the original arrangement is deliberate (e.g., to let down one's hair), which probably isn't the case with a T-shirt hem (except in sewing, where to let down or let out a hem is to remove the stitching).

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