Sometimes, when we screw / unscrew a cap on / off a bottle, the external male thread of the neck of the bottle doesn't align well with the internal female thread the cap. And As a result, the cap might get stuck in the middle.

When the cap is stuck in the middle, is it correct to say

"don't force the bottle closed/open because the threads of the cap and the bottle don't align well with each other"?

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This is a another attempt at a "launch and leave" sentence. It's correct but it ignores the presence of another English speaker who can understand context or respond if they need more information.

Just say

Don't force it.

As noted in a comment, the specific phrase for when threads don't align is "cross-threaded". So you could add

It's cross-threaded; don't force it.

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    It is bad to force things that have become cross-threaded. Oct 26, 2020 at 10:09
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    Gently remove it and put it on straight. Oct 26, 2020 at 10:44

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