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May I know which sentence is correct ?

" Keep up with time " or

" Keep up with the times "

I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.
 

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I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.

I agree with you there. ;-)
 

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'the times' = the age we live in.
'Time' = the pace of your personal timtetable
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whl626 said:
May I know which sentence is correct ?

" Keep up with time " or

" Keep up with the times "

I personally think both are OK but with different meaning.

I think the first one is probably a mistake. Keep up with the times is an admonishment to someone that he should do more to stay current, that he should pay attention to what is going on around him. Example:

  • People don't do that anymore. You're way back in the Dark Ages. Keep up with the times!

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You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)
 

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Someone might be racing to keep up with time; their time is short. ;-)
 

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Yeah, it is mostly used with those whose days are numbered :)
 

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whl626 said:
You mean it doesn't sound logical to keep up with time ?

Since times refers to a particular period, it sure makes sense to say ' keep up with the times ' :)

The expression keep up with generally means to make an effort to keep something from getting too far ahead of you.

It is easy for an ESL learner to get expressions confused. I think the person or persons heard someone say keep up with the times, but when they repeated it it came out as keep up with time.

What do you think?

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True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)
 
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True :) Ron, even I myself who are so particular about articulation tend to overlook the nuance a sentence sometimes :)

Saying hullo to you, whl626!
 

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Oh, jwschang is my neighbor :) huh, how come i didn't find out earlier ???

Probably you didn't state your location before. :) And I notice that you've been promoted to be an expert :) CONGRATULATIONS !!!
 
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Oh, jwschang is my neighbor :) huh, how come i didn't find out earlier ???

May I ask where in Malaysia are you from? Doesn't look like there are too many people from Malaysia or Singapore in this forum (may be wrong, because most don't give their location). :wink:
 

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whl626 said:
And I notice that you've been promoted to be an expert :) CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Justin certainly deserved his promotion! :D
 

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Shane has jumped on the bandwagon it seems :) promotion of some sorts. I only get 3 stars :p. It indicates that there is a long road to go in the course of struggling for more stars :)

I am from Perak state. jw :) I have relatives living in Ah Mo Kio :) in Singapore.
 
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