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    wake up?

    When someone is drunken or lost in the way and you want to make him recover his consciousness(for drunken) or be careful not to lose his consciousness(lost in the way), how do you warn him?
    Do you say "wake up" or "stay alert" to warn him or her?
    I think the expression can differ depending on the situation.

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    #2

    Re: wake up?

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    As Ivan says, "wake up" would be common for the first example. I feel that "stay awake" would be appropriate for the second case, where you don't want the person to lose consciousness.

    The phrase "stay alert" is more suited to a situation in which the person is actually doing something, like driving a car or keeping a look out.

    The phrase "lost in the way" is not natural, in my opinion, and without your explanation I would not be sure what you meant.

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    Re: wake up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan2937 View Post
    If he is falling to sleep, "wake up" is germane.
    But if he should not close his eyes because he can suffer an accident, "stay alert" is proper.
    I would use "(try to) stay awake" for the second scenario.

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    Re: wake up?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    When someone is drunken drunk or lost in the way
    I don't know what you mean by "lost in the way", and the rest of the post is not well written either.

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    Re: wake up?

    Ivan2937, please read this extract from the Forum Guidelines:

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