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keep tabs on English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: May 13 2019

Themes: Health, Pets, Time


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“My fish has been acting a bit weird lately. So, I think I’m going to keep tabs on him.”

—Ebaby!’s Kat, speaking about watching and caring for her pet fish

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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watch someone or something regularly; monitor a situation

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Kat got a new fish tank for her fish, but the fish has been acting strange. Kat is worried about her pet, so she is keeping tabs on him. She checks on him regularly to make sure he is OK.

To keep tabs on something is to monitor it. You watch regularly to see if there is any change, either for good or for bad. When was the last time you had to keep tabs on someone or something? Are you good at monitoring things?

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1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Can you keep tabs on the kids while I shop?”

“I need to keep tabs on my cat this week. She just had surgery.”

“Do you ever feel like someone is keeping tabs on you and watching your every move?”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

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