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    keep it simple vs take it easy

    Hello
    Could you tell please if the above expressions mean the same thing?!. If not then please provide two diffrent examples which could clarify their use.
    I happened to hear them from natives.
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sara

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello
    Could you tell please if the above expressions mean the same thing?!. If not then please provide two diffrent examples which could clarify their use.
    I happened to hear them from natives.
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sara
    They are not the same.

    'Keep it simple', means 'don't complicate things unnecessarily'.

    'Take it easy', means 'relax', 'chill', or 'don't have a cow, man' as Bart Simpson would say.

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    Thanks a lot.
    So for someone who is angry about small matters or too worried about their future, we rather say: "keep it simple, man!! everything will be ok!".
    And for someone who seems to be tired or sick we would rather say:" take it easy, you will feel better soon!".
    Am I right!

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    So for someone who is angry about small matters or too worried about their future, we rather say: "keep it simple, man!! everything will be ok!".
    And for someone who seems to be tired or sick we would rather say:" take it easy, you will feel better soon!".
    Am I right!

    So for someone who is angry about small matters or too worried about their future, we rather say: "keep it simple, man!! everything will be ok!".

    You could also use "take it easy" in this situation, as in "Take it easy man, things might not be as bad as they seem."

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    confused again!

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    confused again!
    Sorry to confuse you. The fact is that there are many situation where both could be used, but there are some where one is better that the other, it really depends on context.

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    Re: keep it simple vs take it easy

    Now I can understand that it's not a strict rule but it deppends on context as you said. Anyway, you made a good point.
    Thanks.

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