Please do not turn off

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Eat

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Japanese
At a hotel in Europe, there are computers for guests to use. On the computer, the sign said: "Please do not turn off"

Although most people would understand what it means, I don't think it's grammatically correct. I think it should be "Please do not turn off the power" or "Please do not turn off the button" to sound more natural.

What do you think?
 
  • Beryl from Northallerton

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    British English
    Little signs such as the one you describe often legitimately defy conventional grammatical rules. In this context the natural choice would be: "Please do not turn off".
    "Please do not turn off the power" is just about possible, but longer than is strictly necessary.
    "Please do not turn off the button" is plain wrong - buttons are not turned off.
     
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