I was sitting in a movie theater and saw this message on the screen:
"Please turn off and refrain from cell phone use."
I am supposed to turn off my cell phone and refrain from cell phone use. I get it but this instruction doesn't quite work. I suppose it sort of makes sense to turn off cell phone use, but it's the cell phone, not the use, that I need to turn off. Plus, it's hard to use a cell phone when it's turned off!
It would be better to ask this:
"Please turn off your cell phone now."
What do you think?
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