Wu Ting
How would you interpret the phrase “keep up” here? Dear Shepherd, All right pal, keep your hair on. Probably this is not going to be the salutations you’ve been waiting for. Merry Xmas and all that. Things have changed here, it can’t be helped. I collared a job in ads. No fish! Me myself, in an office full of neck ties, and let me tell you, these cats are steaming. I don’t want to be the jerk that can’t keep up. … How would you interpret the phrase “keep up” in the last sentence “…can’t keep up”? Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 30, 2015 8:26 AM
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To 'keep up' is to be able to work or move at the same pace as someone or something else. 'She couldn't keep up with me when we started going downhill'. 'The kitchen could not keep up with the demand for 饺子 He is saying that he wants to be able to work as fast as them.
June 30, 2015
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