Expressions with “Keep”

’Keep’ is one of the most common verbs in English, and it forms lots of phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms. Here are some of them to help you express yourselves more naturally:

Keep up the good work!

Our dog buried my wallet somewhere around here. Keep on digging!

If you want to sell more, you have to keep the prices low.

They usually keep things formal in that company.

We like to keep our home clean and tidy.

Could you keep the volume down? The baby is sleeping.

Coffee keeps me awake.

The only way for Tim to get a job is to keep trying.

Keep on driving! We’ll find our way.

Keep quiet! We’re in hospital.

You have to keep him from drinking alcohol.

We work hard to keep our home safe.

Keep off the grass!

We’re not sure what time we’re leaving but we’ll keep you informed.

Keep me updated about the changes in your schedule.

If we keep to the agenda, the meeting will be over in no time.

Everyone should try and keep up with the news in the world.

Peter is not very sociable. He prefers to keep himself for himself.

Sam’s parents keep him from enrolling a master degree because they think he should get a job.

It wasn’t easy to learn to ski but I kept at it and now I can ski.

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How Long Does It Take?

The phrase “how long does it take” refers to the length of time needed to perform an action.

A: How long does it take to travel from London to Coventry?

B: It takes an hour by train.

A: How long does it take you to build the garage?

B: I guess it’ll take me about a week.

The phrase can be asked in the present, future and past tenses:

A: How long does it take them to prepare dinner?

B: It takes them an hour.

A: How long did it take them to get to Oxford?

B: It took them 2 hours.

A: How long will it take them to pack their bags?

B: It will take them half an hour.