If I'm watching the T.V with my friend or somebody and I want to ask him\her to make the level of the sound of the T.V or radio higher, How to express that soundly?

Could I say, "could you make the radio louder"? Is that ok? How to say that in everyday language?

By the way, What is better, The sound of radio (even if it's a human who is talking throw the radio) or the voice of a radio?

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    To answer your last question, it's the "volume" of the radio.
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 23:33

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Turn it up. Could you turn it up?

(These are natural, everyday expressions.)

You could also designate the program or content rather than the device (television or radio).

For example:

Turn the news up, I can't hear it.

The above sentence could refer to either a radio or television, or even computer speakers. But you are referring to the content of what you are listening to, rather than to the device you are listening to.)

  • And if you want the volume turned way up (it's your favorite rock song, for instance) you might say "Crank it up!" Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 2:37

could you turn the (TV/radio) up ?

The (TV/radio) sound is called "volume".

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    Also, "Please turn up (or turn down) the volume." as in turning a knob on the radio or TV.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 20:04

@CarSmack's answer is excellent, but to answer your second question, a "voice" can realistically only belong to a person or a group of people. Radios do not qualify as humans (nor do other inanimate objects that make noise) and therefore "The sound of the radio" is the correct sentence.

  • What about the volume as mohamed pointed out? Is it ok to say , the volum of the radio? and if yes, what is the difference then?
    – FNH
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 23:47
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    Yes @user2444 you can also say "Turn the volume up." This has the same meaning as when referring to the device or its content. "Volume" can also refer to a person's voice. A common but informal way to alert a person that they are speaking louder than necessary is simply to say "volume" or "Watch your volume."
    – user6951
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 14:26

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