The next addition to our series on boosting vocabulary is focussed on the word KEEP. KEEP is a high frequency word in the English language and it is essential to understand its use to perfect language use.

VOCABULARY BOOST- KEEP KEEP is a transitive verb that can have various meanings, among them are ´continue, stay, maintain, store, own, delay, control´. KEEP has a very good range of collocations that you need to be aware of and you need to be careful not to confuse KEEP with stay. Keep and save can be confusing because in theory they have the same meaning, ´to put something away, to store or to reserve something for a later date´. But there are some subtle differences.   Save is:
  • Reserve something for a specific purpose
  • Collect things
  • Make sure that other people can´t get to something
  • Keep information
  KEEP is:
  • store something in a specific place
  • not throw something away


  Collocations with KEEP: Keep calm – I didn´t want to lose control so I kept calm Keep control – It is important to keep control when under pressure Keep a secret – I can keep a secret because I am trustworthy Keep still – My youngest son finds it hard to keep still Keep a promise – I can keep a promise because I always do what I say I will do Keep in touch – It is hard to keep in touch when you are abroad Keep quiet – When there is an exam in process, everyone must keep quiet Keep in mind – All students should keep in mind the deadline date when handing in their work Keep going – When you run a marathon, the important thing is to keep going Keep the change – I told the waiter that he could keep the change for the good service Keep your chin up – Even when you fail, you must keep your chin up Keep fit – The best thing to keep fit is to walk everywhere and eat healthily Keep your hair on – I told him not to panic and to keep his hair on Keep something to yourself – It is a secret so you need to keep it to yourself Keep your job – To be able to keep your job you must accept the pay-cut Keep your pride – Even when you make a fool of yourself, you should try to keep your pride Keep your dignity – Drunk people find it hard to keep their dignity Keep your balance – He was doing yoga and he couldn´t keep his balance so he fell Keep a copy of – When you write an essay, you should keep a copy on the computer just in case Keep a record of – I kept a record of the notes about the meeting Keep a pet – Keeping a pet is a good way to teach responsibility   Phrasal verbs with KEEP: Keep up (with) = maintain a pace Keep out = not enter Keep on = continue Keep out of = not get involved in Keep down = maintain low Keep at = continue, persevere. repeat Keep ahead = maintain the lead Keep back = delay Keep off = stay away from Keep to = maintain your word/promise  


  The key to using KEEP is to practice a lot and to make phrases and sentences in contexts that you will remember.   logo-APPF-2016  



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