Ex1: You should keep the phone away when sleeping.
Ex2: I keep away from him when he’s moody. (I stay away from him whenever he gets angry.)
2. Keep somebody back: prevent someone from moving forward
Ex: Frequent illnesseskept him back
Frequent illnesses plagued him.
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3. Keep down: clean, calm, control
Ex1: What is the best way to keep downrats?(What is the best way to get rid of rats?)
Ex2:Keep the noise down! You’ll disturb the neighbors. (Stop making noise! You will disturb the neighbors.)
4. Keep off: prevent from getting too close
Ex:Keep offthe grass(Do not go on grass)
5. Keep on:Continue
Ex1: I wanted to explain but hekept ontalking and didn’t give me a chance to say anything
I wanted to explain but he kept talking and didn’t give me a chance to speak.
Ex2: Keep on talking, I’m listening. (Go ahead, I’m listening.)
6. Keep out: Prevent entry
Ex1:My shoes are very old and don’t keep outthe water.
Ex2: Danger zone – keep out! (Danger zone – stay away!)
7. Keep (sb) out of st: keep away, prevent someone from staying away…
Ex1: Keep the baby out of the sun.
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Ex2: We were kept out of the club because we were too young. (We weren’t allowed to enter the club because we were too young)
8. Keep up: maintain, keep up
Ex: It is difficult to keep upa conversation with someone who only says “Yes” and “No”
It’s hard to talk to someone who just says ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
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9. Keep up with: keep up with, equal to someone.
Ex1: A runner can’t keep up witha cyclist (A runner cannot keep up with a cyclist)
Ex2: I can’t keep up with you. (I couldn’t keep up with him.)
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