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    Hi there,




    1. Be careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about where you put that hot pan.
    3. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
    4. He is careful at his work.

    It seems to me that be careful (with/about/of/at) means the same: giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something.

    Are there any subtle difference in meaning when using different prepositions with 'careful'?

    tks
    pete

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    Exclamation Re: careful

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,




    1. Be careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about where you put that hot pan.
    3. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
    4. He is careful at his work.

    It seems to me that be careful (with/about/of/at) means the same: giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something.

    Are there any subtle difference in meaning when using different prepositions with 'careful'?

    tks
    pete

    You are correct. There is no subtle difference. You have to use appropriate preposition to get the meaning. Some more examples: Be careful of money, Be careful to distinguish between good and bad. I should be careful for everything. Please be especially careful about fire
    Last edited by sarat_106; 08-Aug-2009 at 09:46.

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    Default Re: careful

    Hi there
    Any difference between 'careful (about/of) and careful with'?

    tks
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    Default Re: careful

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there
    Any difference between 'careful (about/of) and careful with'?

    tks
    pete
    Yes, they are not interchangeable. Sometimes, they only have meaning in context.
    Be careful of the dog. (He might bite you).
    Be careful with the baby. (Look after it).
    Obviously you cannot switch those two around.

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    Default Re: careful

    Hi there,
    So are there any difference among the followings:

    1. Be
    careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about where you put that hot pan.
    3. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
    4. He is careful at his work.

    It seems to me that be careful (with/about/of/at) means the same: giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something.

    Tks
    pete

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    Default Re: careful

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    So are there any difference among the followings:

    1. Be
    careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about where you put that hot pan.
    3. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
    4. He is careful at his work.

    It seems to me that be careful (with/about/of/at) means the same: giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something.

    Tks
    pete
    1. Be careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about where you put that hot pan. You don't need 'about' here, 'Be careful where you put that hot pan' is correct.
    3. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him. Both are ok.
    4. He is careful at his work.

    It seems to me that be careful (with/about/of/at) means the same: giving a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident, make a mistake, or damage something.

    Yes they do mean the same in their contexts but, as Raymott said, they are not interchangeable.

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    Default Re: careful

    Hi there
    Tks a lot.
    So what is the difference between 1 and 2 in the following sentences?

    1. Be careful with the glasses.
    2. Be careful about/of the glasses.


    1. He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
    2. He's in a really foul temper so be careful with what you say to him.

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