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Keep on and Go on

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Keep on and Go on

Postby Storner » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:06 pm


Anybody could explain me What´s the difference between Keep on and Go on?

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Re: Keep on and Go on

Postby alawton » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:17 pm


They are both pretty similar. "I need to keep on studying or I will fall behind." or "I need to go on studying or I will fall behind." The meaning is the same here.

With "go on" some English speakers will use it to mean "Get out of here." My father in law yells "Go on!" to his dog when he is annoyed. What he is saying is: "Get out of here!"

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Re: Keep on and Go on

Postby jmio » Sun May 08, 2011 2:05 am

"Go on" and "keep on" can both mean "continue". "Go on" occasionally just means "go", as in alawton's example.

In a long expression like "I need to keep on studying" the usage is the same. But the shortest expression using "go on" is "Go on.", whereas the shortest expression using "keep on" is "Keep on it." These two phrases are pretty similiar as well, but there are some cases where you would only use one or the other.

You wouldn't say "Keep on." You could say "Go on it." but in that case you wouldn't be using the expression "go on", you'd just be using the verb "go" with the phrase "on it", so the meaning would be different.
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