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    Is there a difference between be careful with the dog and be careful of the dog? Can I say either be careful of what you say and be careful with what you say?

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    Default Re: careful

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Is there a difference between be careful with the dog and be careful of the dog? Can I say either be careful of what you say and be careful with what you say?
    With is an instrumental preposition; e.g., I write with a pen. In our example, Be careful with the dog, the dog is being handled;i.e., played with, so be careful not to harm the dog.

    Be careful of means to watch out; e.g, (a) the dog might bite you; (b) watch your step--you might step on the sleeping dog and hurt it.

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    Hy beachboy,

    There are further examples concerning the matter in question:

    Be careful - the floor's slippery.
    A good writer is careful about details.
    Mara was careful about what she ate.
    Thou art careful and troubled about many things.
    To be careful in negotiating a new trade agreement
    To be careful of one’s health
    Careful of the rights of others
    Careful of her feelings
    She was careful to avoid controversy.
    Be careful to dispose of your litter properly.
    More careful for his second child
    Be careful that the seals are kept intact.
    We must be careful with dynamite.
    Do be careful with that knife.
    He was being very careful with the coffee so as not to spill it.
    Be careful not to break it.
    He was careful not to commit himself.
    I'll be more careful what I say in the future.

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    Thanks, Vil. I think the preposition is missing in the last sentence.... Still, I donīt know when the prepositions are interchangeable in the sentences above... The last one, for example. Iīd say careful with what I say, but what about careful of/about what I say?

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    Default Re: careful

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Thanks, Vil. I think the preposition is missing in the last sentence.... Still, I donīt know when the prepositions are interchangeable in the sentences above... The last one, for example. Iīd say careful with what I say, but what about careful of/about what I say?
    You could use "careful of", or "careful about", but "Careful what I say" is perfectly correct.

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