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Thank you CJ.

Now I am trying to talk to my toddler son in English, and let my wife talk to him in our mother tongue. So discouraged sometimes because I can't find a correct word or phrase to express my meaning.

For example:

My book shelf has five layers. If I want my son to put a book on the shelf, I say to him, "put the book on the shelf".

He put the book on the bottom layer. But actually I want him to put it on the second layer from the bottom. What should I say? (Not sure whether the present tense is correct. Is the past tense more grammatical?)

1) Put it higher.

2) Put it above.

3) Futher higher.

4) Higher

5) Futher above.

6) Above.

7) Put it on the shelf above.

If my wife was hanging a picture frame on a wall, and I expected it to be hung higher, can I say:

1) Put it higher.

2) Higher.

3) Further higher.

4) Put it further above.

I just want to know more about the usage of the adverbs. Your help is appreciated.
stephenlearnerThank you CJ.
He put the book on the bottom layer. But actually I want him to put it on the second layer from the bottom. What should I say? (Not sure whether the present tense is correct. Is the past tense more grammatical?)
1) Put it higher.
2) Put it above.
3) Futher higher.
4) Higher
5) Futher above.
6) Above.
7) Put it on the shelf above.
Put - is one of those verbs that retains it's present form for past tense and past particple form.
Just say: put the book on the second shelf from the bottom.
If my wife was hanging a picture frame on a wall, and I expected it to be hung higher, can I say:
1) Put it higher.
2) Higher.
3) Further higher.
4) Put it further above.
If she is holding frame to the wall for you to tell her from 10 feet away, you can say:

Just a little higher

An inch higher

I just want to know more about the usage of the adverbs. Your help is appreciated.

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stephenlearnerIf I want my son to put a book on the shelf, I say to him, "put the book on the shelf".
He put the book on the bottom layer. But actually I want him to put it on the second layer from the bottom. What should I say?
It's not layer; it's shelf.

Put it on the shelf above.

Put it on the next shelf up.

stephenlearnerIf my wife was hanging a picture frame on a wall, and I expected it to be hung higher, can I say:
1) Put it higher.
2) Higher.
3) Further higher.
4) Put it further above.
All OK. Also,

Farther up.

Up more.

CJ
Hi guys,

“If my wife was hanging a picture frame on a wall, and I expected it to be hung higher, can I say:
1) Put it higher.
2) Higher.
3) Further higher. I can't think of a situation where this would seem right to me.

Maybe if there were a comma between the two words.

4) Put it further above. OK as long as the context tells me 'above what', eg 'above the shelf''.

Clive
Thank you all.

I really benefit from your answers.

Thanks again for your kindness.
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