keep it down

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keep it down

by | Last updated May 8, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 4 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'keep it down'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'keep it down'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: North American

 

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

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keep it bit? I hear .

Can you keep it a bit? I barely hear think.

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to keep it down

'Keep it down' is a phrasal verb as well as being a fixed expression. This is what you say when you want someone to be quiet or to stop making so much noise. e.g. I don't mind you having your friends over, but please keep it down a bit - we don't want the baby to wake up.

Usually, it is clear from the context what noise we are talking about, so we just say 'it'. However, it is also fine to specify if you want to: keep the music down, keep the volume down, keep your voice down etc.


'Barely' has the same meaning and usage as 'hardly': 'almost not'. For example, if you say "I barely slept last night", then you slept, but only a tiny bit.

"I can hardly hear myself think" is a fixed expression that we can use when we're complaining about how noisy something is - usually when we're trying to focus or work and the noise is distracting us.

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  • Has anyone every ignored you when you asked them to keep it down? Or have you ever ignored someone who asked you to keep it down?

  • Can you remember a situation when you had to keep your voice down?

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Yes, every time my brother would get home being drunk, he played music so loudly that we could hardly hear ourselves think.

Although my parents used to ask him to keep it down, he just ignored them. So we had to put up with him and with his loud music. That noise grated on me a lot and I could barely sleep a tiny bit.

I remember a time when I had a job that I had to get up at 5 am. I always tried to keep everything down so that no one wouldn’t wake up.

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Sometimes when I’m studying at home my mom start to play music cooking or making dinner and she keeps her music too loud, so I always have to remember her that I’m in home and need silence or at least keep the music down for a while.

Yes, all the time in the library when I meet with my classmates and we started to argue about a subject so loud, people start to complain and keep our voice down. Can you keep your voice down? I can´t focus, please and thank you.

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