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    keep silent

    Dear teachers,

    Is there any difference between "keep silent" and "keep quiet"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: keep silent

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is there any difference between "keep silent" and "keep quiet"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Yes, 'silent' means no noise at all. 'Quiet' can mean soft noises only.
    To speak quietly is possible. To speak silently is not.

    Pragmatically though, "keep quiet" can mean "Don't let me hear a noise out of you!"

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