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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:16:50 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Are both the following correct English?

It's important to keep abreast with the latest legislation.

It's important to keep abreast of the latest legislation.

I am looking forward to your answers.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:26:10 AM

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I think both will go. They change the semantical meaning of the sentence, but definitely both are grammatically correct.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:39:33 AM

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I would (I think) always use 'of' in this 'metaphorical' context - though the dictionary says that 'with' is also possible.

"Abreast" can be used more literally (meaning "side-by-side, physically") or like this, meaning "up-to-date" or "knowledgeable about".

The brothers ran down the road abreast.
The younger one had trouble keeping abreast with his brother.
I always try to keep abreast of new technology.
It's important to keep abreast of the latest legislation.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:31:05 AM
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The younger one had trouble keeping abreast with his brother.
I always try to keep abreast of new technology.


I think that I use only 'of' in the metaphorical sense and tend to use 'with' in the literal sense, as in those two of Drag0's sentences.
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