Friday, July 1, 2011

Keep up with


To keep up with something or someone means to go at the same speed… so in this comic strip, Calvin says that he can’t speak as fast as he can think.

1. If you are walking at a normal speed, it would be difficult for a toddler to keep up with you (A toddler is a young child between the age of 1 and 3).

2. If Ayrton Senna was still alive, would he keep up with today’s Formula 1 racecar drivers… or would they be able to keep up with him?

3. It is difficult to keep up with some fast songs if you are singing along, especially if you are learning that language.

4. If you are walking with a group of friends and some of them are falling behind (walking too slow), you could call out to them, “Hey guys, keep up with us!”

5.If I’m watching a movie with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles, it’s sometimes a challenge to keep up and read everything before the next set of words appears.


  1. Try to keep up with the posts that I make from Monday to Friday!

  2. Sometimes I can't keep up with all these great phrasal verbs and interesting examples if I want to read them and learn them.


  3. All you need to do is set aside about 10 minutes a day to learn one of these phrasal verbs or idiomatic expressions, and then you will be able to keep up with the posts!

  4. I usually have busy weeks at work but I´ll try to squeeze some time in to keep up with your posts.
    You´ve done a great job. Keep it up!

  5. Yep, I'll keep it up as long as people are learning and don't get bored!

  6. I try to keep up with all your posts. Thank you very much.
    Gloria Miranda

  7. It' good to hear that Gloria. I hope you enjoy the comics while you do! Take care...

  8. Why did you miss preposition "with" in the fifth example?

  9. Because you keep up WITH someone or something. If we don't mention the subject directly because it is already inferred in the context, then of course, we don't use with... but if you insist on using with, you could say, "... keep up with them/ it..." (referring to the subtitles).

    The phrasal verb here really is "keep up" in its simplest form... but like any verb, we need to treat a phrasal verb as if it were a single word sometimes... and just like each verb requires a specific preposition to follow it when needed, in this case, the preposition we use with the phrasal verb, "keep up" is "with".