Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. good morning
    Guest
    #1

    Smile to keep face with

    Hello,

    I would be grateful if someone could help me to translate this idiom. I tried to find what means "to keep face with" but, referring to my text, all the definitions seem not to be the right .

    I am really sorry if my question seems a little bit "easy" but i really did not find the answer. Undermentioned, the sentence i haven't been able to understand:


    Someone said "apple numbers had failed to keep pace with the increase in strawberry".


    Thank you in advance for your replies.

  2. tzfujimino's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2007
    • Posts: 2,697
    #2

    Re: to keep face with

    Quote Originally Posted by good morning View Post
    Hello,

    I would be grateful if someone could help me to translate this idiom. I tried to find what means "to keep face with" but, referring to my text, all the definitions seem not to be the right .

    I am really sorry if my question seems a little bit "easy" but i really did not find the answer. Undermentioned, the sentence i haven't been able to understand:


    Someone said "apple numbers had failed to keep pace with the increase in strawberry".


    Thank you in advance for your replies.

    Please look at the sentence carefully.
    I can see it's "keep pace with", and not "keep face with".

    "apple numbers...." sounds a little strange to me, though.
    "The increase in the number of apples had failed....." ,perhaps???

    I'm not a native speaker of English. Pease wait for other native speakers to respond to your question.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #3

    Re: to keep face with

    If you "keep pace" with someone, you keep up, you walk at the same speed.

    If I walk very quickly, you have to walk quickly too.

    Now apply this in a non-literal sense, not to walking.

    If one thing is growing quickly -- the number of strawberries sold, for example -- then the other thing must grow just as quickly to keep pace with the first.

    My daughter's feet are growing so quickly that we must visit the shoe shop pretty often to keep pace!


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 3
    #4

    Re: to keep face with

    I am sorry for the mistake in the title. As you understood, it was "pace" that I was looking for.

    Thank you very much tzfujimino and Barb_D for your prompt and useful reply!

  4. tzfujimino's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2007
    • Posts: 2,697
    #5

    Re: to keep face with

    Quote Originally Posted by good morning View Post
    I am sorry for the mistake in the title. As you understood, it was "pace" that I was looking for.

    Thank you very much tzfujimino and Barb_D for your prompt and useful reply!
    You're welcome!!

Similar Threads

  1. His face split into a wide smile.
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2008, 21:55
  2. coming face to face with animals
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Sep-2007, 14:13
  3. Face paced context included
    By dingo1234 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 31-Aug-2007, 02:55

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •