Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(hold/maintain) a conversation

hold a conversationmaintain a conversation
Meaning(s)
1) converse clearly with someone, keep a conversation going
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • hold/maintain a conversation with different people
  • Analysis

    When you 'hold a conversation' or are able to 'maintain a conversation' it means to be able to carry out a conversation effectively enabling the discussion to continue without any awkward silences, offering insights, building on what the other person is saying and contributing to a conversation in a meaningful way.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Students often test their language skills by holding a conversation with a native speaker.
    2. He didn't get the job as he was unable to maintain a conversation in English.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I felt that the candidate excelled in knowing about technical aspects of the job but when it came to soft skills, such as holding a conversation, he struggled.
    2. I find it very difficult to maintain a conversation in French over the phone. I find I often mishear what the other person is saying.
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