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Giving Warnings


There are a number of formulas used when Giving Warnings in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • Don't push so hard on that toy, or you might / will break it!
  • Watch out! Be careful!
  • Work hard otherwise you'll fail your exam.

After you study these constructions, take the giving warnings quiz to check your understanding.

More English Functions

Contrasting Ideas
Making Complaints
Asking for Information
Giving Advice
Being Imprecise or Vague
Saying 'No' Nicely
Showing Preferences
Making Suggestions
Offering Help
Giving Warning
Demanding Explanations


Formula Verb Form

Don't..., or you might / will...

Use the imperative followed by might or will in a statement

Watch out! Be Careful

Use the imperative

Work hard, otherwise you'll...

Use the imperative otherwise you will / might plus the base form of the verb to show consequenses

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