Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Collocations with Keep

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with 'keep' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.


Keep an appointment

To keep an appointment means to go to an appointment that you have previously arranged.

Examples

  • Will you be able to keep our appointment on Friday? If not, I'll make other plans.

  • Make sure you keep that dentist appointment. You won't get another one until next month!


Keep a diary

When you keep a diary you create and update a record of dates, appointments or notes about your day.

Examples

  • Did you ever keep a diary when you were young?

  • I love to read books by celebrities who keep a diary of their experiences.

  • You always forget my birthday. I think it's time you started keeping a diary.



Keep quiet

To keep quiet means to stay silent or not to share your thoughts on an issue.

Examples

  • I'm not really an expert in this area, so I think I'll keep quiet on this issue.

  • The government is keeping quiet about the hospital scandal.


Keep in touch

Keeping in touch with someone means to maintain contact or communication.

Examples

  • Keeping in touch with your clients dramatically improves customer retention.

  • Vincent is moving to the Dehli office, but I'm sure he will keep in touch.


Keep a promise

If you keep a promise, it means you do something you have said you would do.

Examples

  • I have to leave work early today. I need to keep my promise to go to my son's football match.

  • I made a promise that the delivery would be there on Friday and I intend to keep that promise.


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