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stay safe vs keep safe

"Stay safe" can be used without an object in between "stay" and "safe."
There is usually an object mentioned in between "keep" and "safe."

stay safe

This is correct

"Stay safe" is used when discussing ways to avoid danger.

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert


Some examples from the web:

  • Finding this guy is the best way for us to stay safe.
  • Not if you want to stay safe.
  • You have to know to stay safe.
  • I don't want anyone telling anyone to stay safe.
  • It's my job to make sure that you stay safe.
  • As you need mine, if you want to stay safe.
  • But, Kristi, you need to keep a low profile to stay safe.
  • She has to be quiet to stay safe.

keep safe

This is correct

An object is usually included in between "keep" and "safe."

The person or thing that is being kept safe is part of the phrase.

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert.


Some examples from the web:

  • Jan 14, 2016 ... KeepSafe keeps your personal photos and videos private by locking them behind an easy
  • to
  • use PIN pad, giving you control over who sees ...
  • KeepSafe – Hide Pictures in a Private Image Locker.
  • 2 Jun 2015 ... KeepSafe, descargar gratis. KeepSafe: Oculta tus fotos secretas. Tu teléfono almacena cientos de imágenes y vídeos. Desde las fotos de tu ...
  • KEEP SAFE OF CALIFORNIA is a local family owned business that has been providing safes and service to the San Diego / Southern California area since 1978 ...

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