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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:04 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

Hi, could you please tell me another phrase that has a similar meaning to 'keep it up'? I have to create students' learning profiles and I'd like to use different phrases to encourage them.

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Keep it up #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:13 pm   Keep it up
 

Hi Torsten,

How about:

Carry on the good work/Keep up the good work/Carry on with the good work/Maintain your usual high standard?

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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #3 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:20 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

CONTINUE, MAINTAIN, GO ON,
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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #4 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:20 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

Yes Alan, that sounds good. I actually was also thinking of something like 'it seems you are going from strength to strength and I'm sure you will continue that way.'
What do you think of that?
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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #5 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:22 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

Hi,

Even better! and also 'You're making great strides ...

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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #6 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 14:25 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

Yes, the 'stride line' is a very good one too!

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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #7 (permalink) Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:06 am   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

What about "you are making good headway"? Is that phrase acceptable too?
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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #8 (permalink) Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:35 am   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

Hi,

Useful phrase in itself but to me it suggests that the person doing it is a bit of a plodder. You know, they're making progress but it's a slow business.

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Keep it up! #9 (permalink) Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:35 pm   Keep it up!
 

Here's my 'grain of salt':
    (You're doing an) excellent job. Keep at it!
    Good job -- you're making great progress.
    You're progressing in leaps and bounds.
    Your hard work is paying off.
    Well done. You're doing (really) well/great/(just) fine/a fantastic job/a cracking job.
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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #10 (permalink) Mon Nov 20, 2006 14:09 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

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Now, how about the plodders (Alan's term)?--

Time to pull up your socks!
Better get it in gear!
Move it or milk it!
Look alive-- the vultures are circling overhead!
Are you going to fool around all day or are you going to study English?
That stunk! Do you want to be a low intermediate all your life?

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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #11 (permalink) Mon Nov 20, 2006 14:42 pm   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

:lol:

MM, I have a sneaky suspicion that students at the receiving end won't be half as amused as I am by your exhortations!
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Keep it up! #12 (permalink) Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:57 am   Keep it up!
 

Conchita wrote:
Here's my 'grain of salt':
    (You're doing an) excellent job. Keep at it!
    Good job -- you're making great progress.
    You're progressing in leaps and bounds.
    Your hard work is paying off.
    Well done. You're doing (really) well/great/(just) fine/a fantastic job/a cracking job.

Could you tell me the 'mind' or 'picture' or 'sense' of the 'grain of salt'? I have heard a lot of it in such as 'take it with a grain of salt' but I am still quite out of its 'spirit'.

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Grain of salt #13 (permalink) Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:09 am   Grain of salt
 

'Grain of salt', as I've used it, is a French idiom: mettre son grain de sel, which means 'put in/throw in your two cents/tuppence (worth)' or 'give your opinion'.

The English idiom 'take something with a grain/pinch of salt' has a different meaning, which is 'not to believe something completely'.
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Synonym for 'keep it up'? #14 (permalink) Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:31 am   Synonym for 'keep it up'?
 

What do you think of this:

Your results are great, congratulations!

And what about the word "kudos" -- do you use it and if so how?

Another phrase I've just remembered is "Keep on trying!".

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