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    #1

    maintain vs keep

    "I avoid eating too much fried chicken to (A. maintain B. keep) good health."

    I know that A is correct. But is B also correct? I asked this question because I couldn't find "keep" in the context in my collocations dictionaries. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: maintain vs keep

    '...to keep good health' does not sound natural. However, you could say '...to keep healthy'.

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    #3

    Re: maintain vs keep

    Or possibly to keep in good health.

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    #4

    Re: maintain vs keep

    We use "maintain" quite frequently when talking about health-related subjects.

    To maintain good health, drink lots of water and eat at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
    Eating sensibly will help you maintain a healthy weight.
    To maintain dental health, don't eat acidic fruits and brush your teeth at least twice a day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: maintain vs keep

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Eating sensibly will help you maintain a healthy weight.
    That's what I've been doing wrong.

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    #6

    Re: maintain vs keep

    I try not to do anything sensibly. It's no fun!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: maintain vs keep

    Bring on the cheeseburgers with bacon!

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    #8

    Re: maintain vs keep

    Oh, I'm not that reckless. I've been vegetarian for 23 years!
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    #9

    Re: maintain vs keep

    Killjoy!

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