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MOTIVATION

빠르게 변화하는 분야에서 살아남으려면, 새로운 정보를 꾸준히 습득해야한다. 어떤 기술이 개발되었고, 어떤 연구가 hot한지 등을 아려면, 학술지도 읽고, 뉴스도 읽고, 블로그도 읽고, 많은 사람과 이야기를 나누고, 또 컨퍼런스 등도 가야한다. 이렇게 뒤쳐지지 않기위하여 하는 행동을 영어로 뭐라고 할까? “How do you stay abreast of the current research?” 그런데 옆에 군인들이 나란히 움직이는 그림은 무슨상관일까?

DEFINITION

  1. to have the most recent information about something

COMMENT

  1. abreast의 사전적 의미는 “나란히(side by side)“이다. 그렇기 때문에 군인들이 나란히 서있는 것을 abreast라고 하기도 한다. 오늘의 표현, stay abreast는 직역하면 “나란한 상태”를 유지하는 것인데, 의역하면 “최신 정보를뒤지지않고 따라가다”라고 해석 할 수 있는 것이다.
  2. stay 대신에 keep을 써서 keep abreast라고 표현해도 된다.

FROM MOVIES

  • And try to stay abreast. (Game 6)
  • The culture of online sharing has made it easier to stay abreast of the lives of friends, but remember to be tactful when listening to anecdotes. (How Not To Behave)
  • I just wanted to keep you abreast of another development. (Heartland)
  • Aw, that is great to know that he’s keeping everybody abreast of what’s happening in our family. (House of Lies)
  • I keep abreast of world events. (The Interceptor)
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FROM NEWS

  • we have undertaken a program to stay abreast of the technological developments (NYT)
  • WHERE do you go when you want to know the latest business news, follow commodity prices, keep up with political gossip, find out what others think of a new book, or stay abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments? (Economist)
  • Stay abreast of deals, market movements and key developments among companies and industries when they happen. (Bloomberg)
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FROM TWITTER

  • So much is changing today - mobile, search, etc. And we need to stay abreast. So we’re making some changes!
  • Tomorrow’s newsletter is jam-packed with news and analysis. Sign up here to stay abreast of it all
  • I managed a quick bit of violin practice. I try to stay abreast of the noble pursuits.

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

PHRASE HISTORY

keep abreast가 stay abreast보다 오래된 표현이고 더 많이 쓰인다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram

TYPICAL MISTAKES

  1. 대상을 정하려면 OF를 써서 연결하라
  2. How do you stay abreast on the subjects you teach and of the current research? (X)
  3. How do you stay abreast OF the subjects you teach and of the current research? (O)