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    Default carry on and keep up

    Hello everyone,

    I am having a hard time with carry on and keep up.

    1. How long can this situation carry on?
    2. This awkward situation kept up for 2 stations…
    3. This perplexing situation kept up for a while and I had to get to the bottom of it!

    4. — Sunny day, isn’t it?
    — Let’s hope the sunny weather____ for Saturday’s tennis match.
    A. carries on
    B. moves on
    C. keeps up
    D. goes up
    Key C

    I am totally confused with them.
    Sentences(2,3) are similar to the second sentence in question4 (and I have no problem with the key “keeps up”), but what about sentence1? It comes from a dictionary; what’s more, I can’t see anything wrong with it. And I am sorry, I can’t see anything wrong with “How long can this situation keep on/keep up?”, either.

    1. How long can this situation carry on?
    4. Let’s hope the sunny weather carries on for Saturday’s tennis match.
    Why sentence4 is wrong? There must be a nut hidden somewhere?


    Thank you.

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    Default Re: carry on and keep up

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I am having a hard time with carry on and keep up.

    1. How long can this situation carry on?
    2. This awkward situation kept up for 2 stations…
    3. This perplexing situation kept up for a while and I had to get to the bottom of it!

    4. — Sunny day, isn’t it?
    — Let’s hope the sunny weather____ for Saturday’s tennis match.
    A. carries on
    B. moves on
    C. keeps up
    D. goes up
    Key C

    I am totally confused with them.
    Sentences(2,3) are similar to the second sentence in question4 (and I have no problem with the key “keeps up”), but what about sentence1? It comes from a dictionary; what’s more, I can’t see anything wrong with it. And I am sorry, I can’t see anything wrong with “How long can this situation keep on/keep up?”, either.

    1. How long can this situation carry on?
    4. Let’s hope the sunny weather carries on for Saturday’s tennis match.
    Why sentence4 is wrong? There must be a nut hidden somewhere?


    Thank you.
    "keep up" doesn't work in any of the above examples. In 4 "lasts" would be my choice for the blank, with "carries on" as a distant second.

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    Default Re: carry on and keep up

    Honestly, your comment is a shock to me because I have never before thought of the case that the option C doesn’t work in question4. I consulted my dictionary just now and found these two examples:
    I hope the weather will keep up.
    The rain kept up all night.
    At least “keep up” can be used in such a way as in my starting thread. That said, I guess you mean “keep up” of such a meaning is already out of fashion now?

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    Default Re: carry on and keep up

    I have no problem with using "to keep up" when talking about specific weather. However, I do find it a little unnatural in the past tense. I would expect to hear:

    If this rain keeps up, we'll have to cancel the picnic.
    How long do you think this cold weather will keep up?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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