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    #21

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    I came across another problem today. My brother was constantly using his phone while studying so I said:
    "Give me your phone for 15 minutes. I'll just keep it over here until you finish answering the questions."

    I learned from this post that keep means to store/stash/secure. The place we keep things is where they go when no one is using them.
    Should I have said 'I'll just put it over here?' 'Put' doesn't sound right to me in this context.
    Last edited by Ashraful Haque; 02-Jul-2020 at 04:59.

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    #22

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    "Give me your phone for 15 minutes. I'll just keep it over here until you finish the questions."
    If you intend to have the phone in your possession, or very close to you, then that is fine.
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    #23

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you intend to have the phone in your possession, or very close to you, then that is fine.
    Yes that's what I meant. So was I correct to use 'keep' instead of 'put' here? And is 'put' wrong in this context?

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    #24

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    So was I correct to use 'keep' instead of 'put' here?
    I said 'That is fine'. Is that not clear?
    And is 'put' wrong in this context?
    No, it isn't. It just does not have the strong idea of retention.
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