A. Is there any difference between “stay away” and “keep away” ? Take a look at the following sentences:
1. Several children had to [color=green]stay away from school because of the bus strike. - Could I substitute “stay away” with “keep away” in this one? why/why not?
2. They say that the Old Manor House is haunted by ghosts, but I think it’s only a story to [color=green]keep children away. - Could I substitute “keep away” with “stay away” here? why/why not?
B. Would it make any difference if I substituted “pass away” and “fade away” in the following sentences?
1. “Old soldiers never die, they simply[color=green] fade away” (an old song) I guess that “pass away” would be as good as “fade away” here…
2. Grandpa passed away recently - “faded away” ? By the way - why isn’t there “HAS passed away” ? I mean… we use present perfect for recent happenings… don’t we?
If you notice any mistakes, I would be grateful for correcting me.[/i]