Can I use carry out in this context:

The app uses the Google maps Android API v2. To edit the application in Eclipse, several steps must be carried out:

  • The word "Steps" collocates with "take". Steps must be taken. – Ghaith Alrestom Dec 26 '15 at 8:44
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    @GhaithAlrestom - That's bad advice. Steps can be carried out. Have a look. – J.R. Dec 26 '15 at 9:24
  • @J.R. I didn't suggest that he can't use it. It is just less common to use carry out steps than take steps, Ngram would agree with that. Also I said that the word steps collocates with steps, which means they are often used together. – Ghaith Alrestom Dec 26 '15 at 9:43
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    @GhaithAlrestom - One (particularly a learner) could easily misinterpret the word "must" in your "Steps must be taken" comment. (It's hard to tell if you're merely suggesting an alternate wording to the O.P.'s text, or declaring that taken "must" be used in lieu of carried out.) Given the clarifications you made in your second comment, I wouldn't say your first comment is "bad advice," just "potentially misleading." – J.R. Dec 26 '15 at 9:50
  • I think that "take steps" has a kind of idiomatic forcefulness that makes it mean something other than just "do these things." For example, someone might say, "I will take steps to ensure my safety" where they would never say "I will carry out steps to ensure my safety", because "take steps" means something like "take the necessary actions". if you are referring to particular steps, as in instructions, then I think carry out is fine. – stangdon Dec 26 '15 at 19:02

carry out, in this case, stands for performing a task. (steps can actually be performed.)

In this case you can say several steps must be performed, and carried out works as said.

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    I agree that carried out works. That said, after reading your answer, I think performed might be a better way to say it. – J.R. Dec 26 '15 at 11:19
  • @J.R. Yes. I'd use performed as well but I think the OP wanted to use the phrasal verb. – Alejandro Dec 26 '15 at 11:23

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