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On a website, I show a Google Map with markers. I have some text that says

If you can't see them all, zoom the map out to reveal the rest.

This sounds kind of lame, I also considered:

If you can't see them all, zoom out the map to reveal the rest.

But that sounds even worse. Can anyone offer a more pleasing alternative?

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BTW, happy 30K on SO! – Daniel Mar 21 '12 at 17:59
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The problem in both your examples is that zoom in/out isn't transitive and therefore shouldn't be used with a direct object. I'd say:

If you can't see all the markers on the map, zoom out.

You don't really need to say "to reveal the rest" because it's implied by the protasis (if you can't see them) that the apodosis (zoom out) is the solution to the problem.

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I edited my post to include the exact text in question (rather than my ealier rough memory). Would you mind suggesting a replacement for the update. Thanks for your help – Dónal Mar 21 '12 at 17:12
Already done. I saw your update. – Daniel Mar 21 '12 at 17:12

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