Giải thích phrasal verb: keep up

· Phrasal Verb

I. "keep up" vừa là phrasal verb ngoại động từ, vừa là phrasal verb nội động từ

II. Cách dùng

1. Mang nghĩa "tiếp tục làm việc gì đó"

=to continue to do something / to continue to pretend that something is true


  • Keep up the good work. (Cứ tiếp tục làm tốt công việc như thế)

IELTS TUTOR xét ví dụ:

  • We’re on a winning streak – hopefully we can keep it up. 
  • The trade unions continued to keep up pressure for higher wages.
  • She tried to appear cheerful but couldn’t keep it up. 
  • His family kept up the pretence that he had been ill.
  • Keep up your work. (IELTS TUTOR giải thích: Tiếp tục làm việc đi)
  • Keep up your courage! (IELTS TUTOR giải thích: Cứ can đảm lên!)

2. Mang nghĩa "bắt kịp/sánh với/cập nhật"

=to move at the same speed as someone or something /to continue to learn about something or find out about something, so that you know the latest things that are happening / to continue to understand what someone is saying


  • keep up with someone
  • keep up with

IELTS TUTOR xét ví dụ:

  • Try to keep up! 
  • He had to hurry to keep up with her.
  • By studying hard she managed to keep up. 
  • We always try to keep up with our competitors.
  • We try to keep up with what’s happening.
  • Keep up with current events. (IELTS TUTOR giải thích: Cập nhật thông tin về những sự kiện hiện tại)
  • I told you she’s my sister, not my girlfriend. Keep up! 
  • I found myself unable to keep up with the conversation.

3. Mang nghĩa "làm ai trằn trọc không ngủ được"

=to prevent someone from going to bed


  • (keep someone up)

IELTS TUTOR xét ví dụ:

  • It’s late. I’d better not keep you up any longer.
  • This is the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night. When, with all the best will in the world, website strategy goes peer-shaped and good people stress out because either know-how or know-who isn't up to scratch

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