keep it down: meaning and explanation
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.
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?
Accent: North American
…I can barely hear myself think…
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.
Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- 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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