Life is full of surprises and shocks. You might never know when a surprise can turn into a shock. There are many times when we warn people to avoid taking too many risks or if they are climbing up a ladder you might warn them to be safe. Sometimes we see formal notices, pictures, posters that act as warnings about dangers. For e.g. If someone is investing all his money in stock market, you might warn them to avoid taking too many risks or someone is climbing a ladder or a tree, you might warn them to be safe.
There are expressions that are used in the English language to warn people. In today’s blog, we will explain some expressions that can be used to warn people. We will divide the warnings according to the scenarios.
5 ways of warning people
1. When you want to tell someone to be careful as they leave to go somewhere:
Take care – Take care on the roads. They are slippery.
Mind how you go – Mind how you go, there is a landslide in the town side road.
2. When you want to advise people not to take too many risks:
Be careful – It’s pouring. Be careful, don’t go out unless it’s necessary.
Better safe than sorry – It is better to take some extra winter clothes. Better safe than sorry.
You can’t be too careful - “I have locked all the doors and windows and padlocked the gate. You can’t be too careful these days.”
3. When there is a risk of immediate danger:
Look out – Look out! There is a bus coming.
Watch out – Watch out! There is a manhole.
4. If you have to carry heavy objects around, then people around you might ensure that you do it carefully:
Steady - Steady! Are you sure you don’t want any help in carrying this table?
Easy does it - Ok, you are almost there, easy does it. That’s great. Thank you so much for helping me move the cupboard.
5. This is the common formal expression that is used on the roads and public buildings:
Beware - No entry. Beware of the guard dogs.
Beware of the dangers of drink driving”
Danger – Danger ahead! High voltage.
Hope the above on warning expressions help you communicate effectively. Try to use them in your daily life and understand the difference. It will help to enhance your vocabulary as well as spoken English Skills due to which you will able to speak effectively. You can browse through our other related blogs based on different categories of communication skills; it will also enhance your knowledge.
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