Hi, fellas, I’m sure you are familiar with these phrases: ‘be careful’ and ‘take care.’ Generally, both phrases mean to pay attention to something or a condition.
If we check in the dictionary, ‘be careful’ means telling someone to pay attention in order to avoid dangers. Normally, we use this phrase to give a warning to somebody.
- “It is raining, be careful while driving.”
- “Be careful, you might fall from the tree.”
There are some phrases which share the same meaning to ‘be careful,’ i.e. ‘be alert,’ ‘beware,’ and ‘be on guard.’
Meanwhile, ‘take care’ is generally used to tell someone to treat someone/something carefully.
- “Please take care of this document.”
- “Please take care of my child while I’m shopping.”
Sometimes, we can say either ‘be careful’ or ‘take care’ when parting with someone after a meeting. They are used to wish someone her/his safety during the trip.
‘Take care’ is more common in use when parting with somebody. Meanwhile ‘be careful’ is usually used when we realize that the trip might come with negative consequence to somebody.
Other than ‘take care,’ ‘so long’ may be opted to somebody who will be away for a long time.
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