17. Warning, caution

The following expressions can be used to warn somebody:

Look out!

Mind…!

Hold tight! - to passengers (in a bus, etc)

Don’t rush, take it easy! - a policeman to a crowd.

Mind you…

Make sure you… (+ inf. without ‘to’)

Mind you don’t…

Take care you don’t…

Take care not to…

Mind how you…

Be careful (with…)

Steady on (with…)! – informal

Though in form of a caution, these expressions imply a definite threat:

You are asking for trouble!

Watch your step!

I should watch my step, if I were you.

A warning may take the form of threat:

If you… I/ we shall…

If you… I/we shan’t…

You’d better (not).

Stop (doing) that, or else I…

You’ll be sorry, if/ when…

Now (then)! – often mixed with anger

Colloquial:

You are for it!

You’ve done it now!

You’ll catch it!

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