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    #1

    cautious about / discreet about

    1. I'm cautious about meeting people in person that I met on the Internet.
    2. I'm discreet about meeting people in person that I met on the Internet.

    Are the both sentences correct?
    Also, please tell me if there is any part to be improved in the sentences. Thank you.

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    Re: cautious about / discreet about

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would personally have no problem with either, other than the fact that they have very different meanings.

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    PS: I might consider changing "I met" to "I meet" or "have only met"
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    Re: cautious about / discreet about

    In these days of "Internet grooming", I would regard item 2 as being very, very dangerous behavior.

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    Re: cautious about / discreet about

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    In these days of "Internet grooming", I would regard item 2 as being very, very dangerous behavior.

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    Thank you.
    I meant a situation where the person thinks that it is dangerous to meet people in person that he/she meets on the Internet (so he/she doesn't want to do that.)
    Should I use 1?
    Why is 2 very dangerous? (I had thought 1 and 2 had similar meanings until you told me they were different.)

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    Re: cautious about / discreet about

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Thank you.
    I meant a situation where the person thinks that it is dangerous to meet people in person that he/she meets on the Internet (so he/she doesn't want to do that.)
    Should I use 1?
    Why is 2 very dangerous? (I had thought 1 and 2 had similar meanings until you told me they were different.)
    Yes. I would certainly recommend approach 1 - particularly for females.

    "Cautious" tends to imply a "wary/very careful/guarded" approach in a public place, with others around for support in case of problems.
    "Discreet" tends to imply a "clandestine/highly secretive" approach in a secluded location, with no immediately available support/ assistance.

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