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    time vs times

    May I know which sentence is correct ?

    " Keep up with time " or

    " Keep up with the times "

    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.

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    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.
    I agree with you there.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #3
    'the times' = the age we live in.
    'Time' = the pace of your personal timtetable

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    Re: time vs times

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    May I know which sentence is correct ?

    " Keep up with time " or

    " Keep up with the times "

    I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.
    I think the first one is probably a mistake. Keep up with the times is an admonishment to someone that he should do more to stay current, that he should pay attention to what is going on around him. Example:

    • People don't do that anymore. You're way back in the Dark Ages. Keep up with the times!


    :)

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    You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

    Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)

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    Someone might be racing to keep up with time; their time is short.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #7
    Yeah, it is mostly used with those whose days are numbered :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

    Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)
    The expression keep up with generally means to make an effort to keep something from getting too far ahead of you.

    It is easy for an ESL learner to get expressions confused. I think the person or persons heard someone say keep up with the times, but when they repeated it it came out as keep up with time.

    What do you think?

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    #9
    True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)
    Saying hullo to you, whl626!

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