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When I'm writing a text and want to ask the reader to pay close attention to a point, should I write "Please note" or "Please notice"? Is there any difference?

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closed as general reference by Carlo_R., MετάEd, Robusto, Kristina Lopez, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jan 18 '13 at 21:13

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It would normally be Please note. However, you may find that it isn't necessary at all.

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Good point. It often isn't. – Jon Hanna Jan 18 '13 at 17:59

In your scenario, I think you should use "please note". "Please notice" seems to be more official.

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I'm writing a scientific paper. – JohnTortugo Jan 18 '13 at 17:33

"Please note" would be usual. You want readers to pay particular attention to the point (one sense of note) rather than merely be aware of it. Note also makes more sense as an active exhortation.

The abbreviation NB is often used too (for nota bene, "note well").

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