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20 / 06 / 2006

TO KEEP UP (2): meaning and examples

Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the expression TO KEEP UP (WITH), meaning to go at the same velocity or speed as someone. Today we will look at a different meaning of this expression.

Today's expression is: To keep up

It means: to maintain or not stop; to continue. 

Example 1:
Ron wanted to buy a car on a five-year plan, but he was too worried about keeping up the payments.

In Example 1, Ron is worried about having enough money to continue paying every month.

Example 2:
Speaker 1: How can they keep up that standard of living when they're both unemployed?
Speaker 2: I don't know; they must be using their savings.

Example 3:
Sharon: You're doing a great job Russell. Keep up the good work!
Russell: Thank you very much. I appreciate your encouragement.

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