Posted by TheFallen on April 03, 2002
In Reply to: Take care posted by K. Yone on April 03, 2002
: Can I use 'take care' when I create a techinical writing such as the following.
: 'Take care not touch the region coated with hydroxyapatite.'
: Does 'Take care' sound informal and unnatural for this type of wrting?
: Thank you for your help.
: Best wishes,
: K. Yone
It doesn't sound particularly unnatural to me (the correct usage would actually be "Take care not *to* touch the region...").
However, if you want to be definitely formal, you might want to consider using the imperative phrase "Avoid touching the region...". A lot of technical instructions tend to be quite abrupt and impersonal, and this would then fit in with that style.