Phrasal Verbs With KEEP, Definition and Example Sentences

Phrasal Verbs With KEEP, Definition and Example Sentences

Phrasal Verbs

It is generally used with a verb, an adverb, or a preposition. An adverb or preposition added to the main verb changes the meaning of the actual verb, giving it a different meaning. Since it has a different meaning, it becomes an idiomatic verb. For example, if the preposition “up” is added to the verb “give”, we get the idiomatic verb “Give up” and it gains a new meaning regardless of the meaning of the two words that make it up.

Phrasal Verbs are divided into two as “separable” and “inseparable”.

Separable Phrasal Verbs

If a phrasal verb is separable, we can place the object between the main verb and the preposition or add it to the end of the phrasal verb phrase without separating it at all.

Inseparable Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verb type that cannot be placed in the middle of the phrasal verb phrase of the object of the sentence, therefore, must be used side by side and cannot be divided, is called “Inseparable phrasal verbs”. As an example, let’s use the phrasal verb “come across”, which is a combination of the words “come” and “across”, in a few sentences.

Keep from

refrain, control yourself

I couldn’t keep from playing football.


Keep in

not allow someone out.

Children were kept in after school.


Keep off

to not touch something

He kept off the subject of his divorce.


Keep away

to avoid someone or something

You must keep away medicines from children.


Keep around

Keep something near you

keep my notebook around when I’m doing my work.


Keep on


He has to keep on delivering.


Keep down

no vomit

The meat was so terrible that I struggled to keep it down.