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    #1

    stay with or hold on to?

    I am not sure what the better choice is between "stay with" or "hold on to" to mean the following.

    I have a nickname on a particular web site, and when offered to create a new nickname by my friend, I told him that I will stay with my current nickname for the time being.

    In above situation, which one is better to mean above between "stay with" or "hold on to". or what about "stick with"?

    Please help me out.


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    Re: stay with or hold on to?

    Hi Paris.
    All those options are fine. "Stay with it" and "hold on to it" are equally acceptable, while "stick with it" is slightly more informal. "Stick with it" could suggest more determination to resist changing it, but in most contexts the other options can work just as well to express that.

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    Re: stay with or hold on to?

    Thank you so much. Now they are getting clear, and here is my another question. Is it possible to use "keep at it" instead of "stay with" like

    I want to keep at it for the time being.




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    Re: stay with or hold on to?

    I want to keep at it for the time being.

    If it's about holding on to your nickname you only need to say "I will keep it for the time being".

    "Keep at it" has a different meaning. It usually refers to an ongoing task that you want to keep working on. For example:
    "I haven't finished my homework but I will keep at it until it's done"
    or
    "If I keep at it all day I can paint my whole house".

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