We often say to our children who is in a pool "get out of the pool now" or "get out of the water now".

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Now, if you are forced to say "get on", then what is the area on the picture called?

or example, "Please get on the ground now" or "Please get on the floor now"?

  • Well, I'd say 'get onto the edge of the pool'. May 2, 2023 at 13:20
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    "Get on the ground" sounds very odd. Yes, technically someone who is in the pool is not "on the ground", but ordering someone to "get on the ground" makes it sound like they're flying in the air or something.
    – stangdon
    May 2, 2023 at 13:58
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    @stangdon - or ordering them to lie flat for some reason. May 2, 2023 at 14:00
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    I agree with Michael Harvey, the area in the photo would be called the "edge of the pool" or "the pool side" or "the side of the pool". So "Get onto the side of the pool" might do. But I wonder why you are forced to say "get on"? Why try and use an awkward phrase when there are the perfectly good idiomatic ones you quote in your first sentence. May 2, 2023 at 14:34
  • Maybe it's regional, but I wouldn't normally hear an indoor walking surface referred to as "the ground"; normally it's "the floor". Ground is usually used for natural outdoor land surfaces.
    – M. Justin
    May 3, 2023 at 5:52

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The flat area outside a pool is called the (pool) deck.

So if you are forced to use "get on", then, "Get on the (pool) deck" is the correct and clear.

Further, "Get on the ground" idiomatically means something like, "Lie down on the ground", as if there's danger of an explosion, or a police officer is giving orders to a suspect at gunpoint.

We never use "floor" to refer to the ground around a pool.

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    Maybe it's regional, but I would refer to the walking area around the pool as the floor. "Ground" is reserved for natural outdoor land surfaces
    – M. Justin
    May 3, 2023 at 5:54
  • I'd still say "Get out onto the (pool) deck".
    – CJ Dennis
    May 3, 2023 at 8:37
  • @M.Justin - I agree that a floor is inside a building, and the ground is outside (save for e.g. the forest floor), but many British speakers call both of these the 'floor', much to the annoyance of people like me. May 4, 2023 at 15:22

It is the "poolside".

OED poolside: A. n. The area beside a pool, now esp. a swimming pool.

2000 A. L. Kennedy Everything you Need 163 At poolsides, on patios, on boat decks: all the fashionable spots for lounging.

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