There are SO many ways to say ‘keep up the good work’
Here are some:
- Good job!
- Couldn’t have done it better myself
- You’re on the right track now!
- Keep up the great work!
- Good job! Keep it up!
- Keep up the hard work!
- You’re doing a great job
- That’s coming along nicely
- Now you’ve got the hang of it!
- You made it look easy!
- You’ve almost mastered that!
- Keep it up
- You’re learning fast!
- Good for you
- Good effort!
- You’ve got it made
- You’re getting better every day
- SUPER DUPER!
- You’ve got that down pat!
- I’m very proud of you
- Way to go!
- Well, look at you go!
- Nice work!
- Now that’s what I call a fine job!
- Good going!
- Well done!
- You’ve got it made!
- I knew you could do it.
- Couldn’t have done it better myself.
- That’s the right way to do it.
- Nothing can stop you now.
- That was first class work.
- You make it look easy.
There are still many, many more!!
Keep up the good work Meaning
Let’s break down this phrase into 2 parts.
- To keep up is a phrasal verb which can vary in meaning.
- It can mean to go at the same speed.
- To stop someone going to bed.
- It also means to continue doing something.
1. Have you ever been walking around the shops and you offer some comments about the clothes you see in a shop window when you realize there is no one standing next to you? You look round and see your partner lagging behind, carrying a mountain of shopping bags and looking thoroughly fed up. However you are having fun and so you call out; ‘Come on! Keep up!’
In this context we can see `keep up’ means to go at the same speed as the person speaking.
2. What time is a good time for kids to go to bed? Whatever time you think that is, the rules change when there is a fun, festive occasion. A wedding, a birthday party or just an evening with friends. You don’t want to be a party pooper and go home early so you keep the kids up late so you can continue the fun. This may not seem like such a great idea in the morning when the kids are tired and irritable.
In this context we can see `keep up´ means to prevent someone going to bed at the usual time.
3. If you have been working hard at the office, winning new clients, giving good presentations, sharing excellent innovative ideas that make a difference to your company, your boss will be very pleased. He/she may compliment you on your achievements and will want you to maintain this high standard. To encourage you to continue working in this way, he/she may tell you to keep up the good work.
In this context we can see `keep up´ means to continue doing something you were doing before.
In this case it is the good work that you have been doing and hopefully will continue to do. It’s important to keep the boss happy!
If you are reading this, no doubt you are interested in the English language and its often strange phrases and expressions. You are someone who is trying to improve their English all the time and putting in time and effort towards this objective. Therefore I say to you…
Keep up the good work!
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