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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

  • Keep it up, John!

  • Keep it down, John!

  • Huh!?

  • Keep it up?

  • Keep it down?

  • What's the difference?

  • 'Keep it up' is a phrase we use to give encouragement to people, to tell them that they are doing a good job.

  • So for example, let's pretend I have a student who's learning English and he is getting better and better and better, and I want to encourage him to make him feel better: I can say, 'Keep it up, John!'

  • But 'keep it down' is a phrase which means be quiet.

  • Be quiet.

  • So, for example, if I say 'John, keep it down', do you think John is being loud or he is being quiet?

  • He's probably being loud.

  • So, let's pretend I'm at the movies and there's someone sitting in front of me who's really loud, making lots of noise.

  • What can I say to him?

  • I can say 'Keep it down!'

  • 'Keep it down!'

  • This means be quiet - Be quiet.

  • What about if my friend has been going to the gym for the past three months and I can see he's getting fitter. He's getting stronger. He is happier.

  • What can I say to give him some encouragement?

  • I can say, 'Keep it up!'

  • 'Keep it up!'

  • This means don't stop.

  • Do what you're doing.

  • Continue what you are doing because you are doing well.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

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