From Twitter:
Student: How do I meditate?
Teacher: Sit and breathe.
S: I keep*having thoughts.
T: Yes.
S: I thought the goal was to achieve a clear mind.
T: Yes.
S: How do I do that?
T: Keep trying.
S: How?
T: Let ideas disappear, like clouds, and breathe.

Keep means:

Answer and Explanation:
The answer is ‘continue’ (in this context).
In other contexts the meaning is to have or own/take for oneself.

Photo: Norbu Gyachung

No Phones in Pockets!

From Twitter:
Dr. J: Don’t do that.
Bo: __ my phone in my chest pocket?
Dr. J: Right.
Bo: Really?
Dr. J. You’ll get tumors in your chest. Not in your pants pocket either.
Bo: And headphones?
Dr. J:_ ②_them; don’t hold a phone near your head–nor a tablet or laptop on your lap.


Photo: Tran Mau Tri Tam

Answer And Explanation:
Put is the answer; though ‘have’ is okay, the emphasis in a “dos and don’ts” situation is usually on the beginning action, or the doing. In other words, we put something in a place before we have it in that place. So the ‘putting’ is a the “beginning” or causal action. Also, if you imagine a patient in a doctor’s office–after a physical exam– s/he probably puts the phone in his or her pocket in front of the doctor. So, the doctor’s saying “don’t do that” refers to something the person is “doing”, not “having.”

‘Use’ is the answer; there is no other sensible choice, here.

Pick Up The Phoneの使い分け(字幕付き)

How do we talk about answering the phone? Well we don’t say:
I’m sorry; I didn’t get your phone.
No one wants you to get(take) his or her phone; get your own phone. (Ha ha.)
However, “get the phone” means “answer the phone (because it is ringing).

Unlike in Japanese, in English, phone and phone call are two different things, conversation-wise, so–we say:

I’m sorry I missed your call.