“Careful with that; it's fragile.”

English Lesson: Careful with that; it's fragile.

You're moving to a new house. You notice that one of the movers isn't being careful with one of your boxes, which contains glasses and dishes.

Careful with that; it's fragile.

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Careful with (something)!

"Careful with ___!" is something that you say when you want to warn someone to be careful not to break or spill something. For example:

Careful with that coffee!

Careful with those!

This is short for "Be careful with ___."

(something) is fragile

Something that can be broken easily is "fragile". Some examples of fragile things include:

  • a wine glass
  • old antique furniture
  • a ceramic sculpture

You can say that a person is "fragile" when they have had serious emotional events happen and they can be easily upset. For example, someone whose parent has just died might be "fragile":

He's very fragile right now, so try not to bring up anything that might upset him.

A situation can also be "fragile". For example, two countries that are often at war with each other might have a "fragile peace" which can easily be broken and return the countries to fighting each other.