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    #1

    Stop/stop it

    1. Two kids were fighting. Their mom said : Stop it.
    2. Two kids were fighting. Their mom said : Stop.

    In the above sentences, should we say 'Stop it" or "Stop"?

    Thanks for your help!

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    #2

    Re: Stop/stop it

    You'd probably hear "stop it!"

    But either way is OK.

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    #3

    Re: Stop/stop it

    Your style of using a colon without quotes is not proper style.

    Their mom said, "Stop!" or
    Their mom said, "Stop it!" or
    Their mom told them to stop [it]

    Their mom said, "Knock it off!"
    Their mom said, "Would you two quit it!"
    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: Stop/stop it

    . . .or 'Pack it in, will you!'

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