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keep quiet or be quiet?


keep quiet or be quiet?
      I just want to ask which is correct, is it  BE QUIET or KEEP QUIET?
thanks in advance
rach c",)

1 Jul 2009      


Both are correct...

keep quiet is used more when you want to tell somebody to continue being quiet or to not say a word about something.


Please keep quiet about this...it īs a secret.  //  Keep quiet, don īt make a sound, the intruder is in the house. //

Whereas be quiet is used to bring peace, or ask somebody to lower their voices.

1 Jul 2009     


ah ok. Thank you sooo much Zora
rach c",)

1 Jul 2009     

United States

How about plain old "shut the hell up"?  (just kidding!) Wink


1 Jul 2009     


According to  the dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com, there īs some difference between keep quiet and be quiet.
Be quiet means you refuse to talk or stop talking, fall silent
Ex: The children shut up when their father approached.
Keep quiet relates much to sensitive or confidential information that you should not reveal.
It means don īt tell anyone about secrets and shut one īs mouth.
Ex: "Don īt tell him any secrets--he cannot keep his mouth shut!"
Sorry for the" shut up" . It īs taken exactly from the dictionary.

1 Jul 2009