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    you take care

    "take care" as a phrase is normally used at the end of a conversation, right?

    But in the below paragraph, how appropriate is the usage of "take care". (said to someone the night before his exam)

    Bob... Good night. You take care. Good luck with the exams. Sleep tight. Pray well. It'll all be fine.

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    Re: you take care

    "You take care" is commonly used in AmE at the end of a visit. The speaker admonishes the departing visitor not to carelessly get hurt on the way home. But the admonition is not to be taken very seriously. It is light-hearted and has synonyms such as "Safe home."

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    Re: you take care

    Quote Originally Posted by justlearning View Post
    Bob... Good night. You take care. Good luck with the exams. Sleep tight. Pray well. It'll all be fine.
    I'm wondering how Bob is going to sleep with all those instructions to remember.

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    Re: you take care

    It's just what we say.

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    Re: you take care

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It's just what we say.
    Pray well?

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    Re: you take care

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Pray well?
    Why not?

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    Re: you take care

    I have heard people say "We need to pray about this" or even an encouragement to "pray hard" but "pray well" doesn't work together very well - if one has an open heart, can one pray badly?

    But more importantly, we discourage suggesting a person follow a religious practice that the speaker may follow but the listener may not.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: you take care

    I suppose, "I need this, God, and I need it now!" is praying badly. But I don't hold myself to be an expert on prayer; I could never get it to work.

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    Re: you take care

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have heard people say "We need to pray about this" or even an encouragement to "pray hard" but "pray well" doesn't work together very well - if one has an open heart, can one pray badly?

    But more importantly, we discourage suggesting a person follow a religious practice that the speaker may follow but the listener may not.
    How about "God bless you"? Isn't that too, in an indirect sense, ignorance of the other person's beliefs?

    By the way, I don't think the term "prayer" carries religious connotations. Most religions do practice prayer but I think, prayer in itself, is a totally exclusive act. The word has got a million interpretations.
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    Re: you take care

    Quote Originally Posted by beesting View Post
    How about "God bless you"? Isn't that too, in an indirect sense, ignorance of the other person's beliefs?

    By the way, I don't think the term "prayer" carries religious connotations. Most religions do practice prayer but I think, prayer in itself, is a totally exclusive act. The word has got a million interpretations.
    For me, "prayer" has only religious connotations.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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