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    keep silent vs. keep silence

    How do we distinguish between these two lexical units?

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    Re: keep silent vs. keep silence

    Please keep silent >> addressed to a person or a group and requiring those people to be quiet.

    Please keep the silence >> do not break the silence with any noise. A general proscription, such as used to be posted in libraries.

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