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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 116. The verb phrase today is

  • to keep at something. All right. Let's take a look here. We actually have two

  • meanings. Here's the first one. If someone keeps at something, he or she continues

  • to do something, even though it is difficult or hard work. Or the second one

  • it's more like somebody else forcing you. Here if we say to keep somebody at it. So to

  • make or force someone to work hard and not allow them to stop. So you're looking

  • at it from two different perspectives. All right. Anyway, let's look at the first

  • example here. If you want to be fluent in that language,

  • you must keep at it. So you must continue to do it. You must continue to put in

  • this hard work and keep trying this continuous effort. It takes a lot of

  • continuous effort to improve that's what we mean. Or number two if you don't keep

  • at it you will never improve. That's just the way that we say it about if. This

  • could be about anything. Or number three how much longer will you keep at that

  • project ? Sometimes, yeah you could say it in this way just mean how much longer

  • you going to be doing it ? Or how much longer are you going to be continuing with this ?

  • Yes. I need you to start this new project as soon as you get the chance. Okay, good.

  • And the last one is probably more likely to make or force someone to do something. I

  • told her that she cannot quit. If she doesn't keep at her lessons. All right.

  • Now this may be school but this might be something else like piano lessons or

  • something the mother is paying for she wants maybe she already put a lot of

  • money into this she doesn't want it to just quit and give up. I will cut her

  • allowance. So you're trying to kind of push her or force her to stay with this.

  • So you're trying to make somebody keep at it. You know to continue with it. So

  • continue to put in a lot of effort for it.

  • Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it . I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time.

  • Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 116. The verb phrase today is

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