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    Is 'to himself' necessary?

    John likes to keep quiet (to himself). He rarely speaks to other students.

    Is 'to himself' necessary?

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    Re: Is 'to himself' necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    John likes to keep quiet (to himself). He rarely speaks to other students.

    Is 'to himself' necessary?

    Thanks.
    We don't say "keep quiet to oneself". You could actually use either phrase but independently.

    He likes to keep quiet. (This suggests he doesn't talk much.)
    He likes to keep to himself. (This suggests he spends a lot of time alone.)

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    Re: Is 'to himself' necessary?

    You can also say that he keeps himself to himself.

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    Re: Is 'to himself' necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You can also say that he keeps himself to himself.
    Thanks, Tdol.

    I've learned a new sentence.

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    Re: Is 'to himself' necessary?

    You will hear "he kept himself to himself" a lot in one rather disturbing set of circumstances.

    Usually, when someone has gone on a wild killing spree or it's discovered that they've killed loads of people over the years and buried them in the back garden, journalists will interview the killer's neighbours. It's amazing how many times you'll hear "We can't believe it! He seemed like such a normal guy - always kept himself to himself."

    In fact, I'm starting to think that if anyone ever describes someone else to me in that way, I'm going to make a point of staying away from that person just in case!

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