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My children are too small and they don't understand much about carefulness.

For example 1, they sometimes put the cup on the edge of a table like this.

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And I want them to push the cup toward the middle of the table.

Is it natural to say?

  • "the cup is on the edge of the table, push it to the middle please"

  • "the cup is on the edge of the table, push it into the middle please"

  • "the cup is on the edge of the table, push it in please"

For example 2, they sometimes put the cup on the edge of a counter which has 1 side connecting to a wall like this.

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And I want them to push the cup toward the wall.

Is it natural to say?

  • "the cup is on the edge of the counter, push it all the way to the wall please"

  • "the cup is on the edge of the table, push it all the way in please"

  • "the cup is on the edge of the counter, push it all the way to the corner please"

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    I would say "Don't put it by the edge! It could fall.", and then move it in yourself to show what you mean. Jun 4 at 17:29
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I would most likely say something like

Move/Push the cup away from the edge please.

Saying "push it in please" or "push it all the way in please" doesn't really make sense in this context: you would say that if, for example, you were pressing a button or attaching something into a socket.

If you want more succinct sentences, you could also use the preposition towards:

Push it towards the middle please.

Push it towards the wall please.

Push it towards the corner please.

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  • Agreed. I've also said/heard it said to push it away from the edge. Jun 4 at 18:42

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