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    Keep an eye

    What can we say when we want someone to take care of our stuff for a short time when we're not there. For example we want to go to the bathroom and we we want to leave our bag to someone we don't know.
    Is it natural to say "could you keep an eye on my bag?"

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    #2

    Re: Keep an eye

    Yes. Adding 'please' makes it more polite.

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    #3

    Re: Keep an eye

    Is there any other alternative?

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    Re: Keep an eye

    To please?

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    #5

    Re: Keep an eye

    I mean is there another way to say that? Another expression instead of "keep an eye on something"?

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    Re: Keep an eye

    You could say:

    Please watch my bag.
    Please take care of my bag.
    Please don't let my bag be taken.

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    Re: Keep an eye

    As a general comment, though, asking a total stranger to watch your stuff is very risky. In some areas, it's just about an invitation to steal it while you're gone.
    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: Keep an eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As a general comment, though, asking a total stranger to watch your stuff is very risky. In some areas, it's just about an invitation to steal it while you're gone.
    In these days of bomb scares, many people would be most reluctant to keep an eye on somebody else's bag anyway.

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    #9

    Re: Keep an eye

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You could say:

    Please watch my bag.
    Please take care of my bag.
    Please don't let my bag be taken.
    Or Could you mind my bag?

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    Re: Keep an eye

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You (smiling at a woman who is sitting near you): I have to wash my hands. [= I need to use the restroom (toilet)]. Do you think that it would be OK for me to leave my bag here?

    Woman: Don't worry, dear. I will keep an eye on it.

    You: You are so kind. I'll be back in a minute.

    Woman: Take your time. Your bag will be perfectly safe with me.

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