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    #1

    Keep/Put it over there.

    Someone had taken a dumbbell from me and when he came to return it I said:
    Keep it over in that corner. I feel like I've made a mistake and it should've been 'put it over in that corner.'

    Am I correct?

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    #2

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Someone had taken a dumbbell from me, and when he came to return it, I said:
    "Keep it over in that corner." I feel like I've made a mistake, and it should've been 'Put it over in that corner.'

    Am I correct?
    Yes, you are!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    If he brings it to you, then 'Put it (over) in that corner' is correct.
    If he comes without it, then 'Leave/Keep' it (over) in that corner' is correct.
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    #4

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If he brings it to you, then 'Put it (over) in that corner' is correct.
    If he comes without it, then 'Leave/Keep' it (over) in that corner' is correct.
    I'm sorry I didn't get you. How can he leave/keep it if he comes without it?

    As far as I understand 'leave/keep' means not to touch it and 'put' means put it somewhere.

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    #5

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    If they bring it to you and you don't want it to stay where you are, say "Leave it over in that corner". Effectively, you are saying "Take it away from me. Take it over to that corner and leave it there". It's just a lot quicker to say "Leave it over there". Native speakers will understand the rest!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-May-2020 at 20:30. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If they bring it to you and you don't want it to stay where you are, say "Leave it over in that corner". Effectively, you are saying "Take it away from me. Take it over to that corner and leave it there". It's just a lot quicker to say "Leave it over there". Native speakers will understand the rest!
    This is very confusing. I hope I'm not being dumb. I don't understand what 'if you don't want it to stay where you are' mean.
    I'm very confused. How do I decide whether to use leave, keep and put?

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    #7

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    This is very confusing. I hope I'm not being dumb. I don't understand what 'if you don't want it to stay where you are' mean.
    I'm very confused. How do I decide whether to use leave, keep and put?
    Looking at your dictionary again might help you.

    Keep means store, stash, secure. The place we keep things is where they go no one is using them: I'm looking for the weights. Where do you keep them?

    Put means place, deposit, lay. It's a simple instruction on what to do with it: Put the weights on the floor. I'll put them on their rack later. The rack is where we keep them.

    Leave
    means put and walk away: Leave the weights on the table when you're ready to go home. Tomorrow, I'll put them on the rack where we keep them.
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    #8

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I'm sorry I didn't get you. How can he leave/keep it if he comes without it?

    As far as I understand 'leave/keep' means not to touch
    The instruction to leave it here is an instruction not to go back and pick it up.
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    #9

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Someone borrowed a dumbbell from me and when he came to return it I said:
    Keep it over in that corner. I feel like I've made a mistake and it should've been 'put it over in that corner.'

    Am I correct?
    Do you know why I made the change?
    Last edited by GoesStation; 28-May-2020 at 21:44. Reason: Add a missing punctuation mark.
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    #10

    Re: Keep/Put it over there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Do you know why I made the change?
    I absolutely do. I've always been making this mistake. I'll use 'borrow' where appropriate from now on.

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