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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to stay balanced" and "to keep one's balance"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Last, do you say, "in balance" or "in equilibrum"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:
  

Is there a difference between "to stay balanced" and "to keep one's balance"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** The two phrases are identical.  

EXAMPLES:

Gymnasts are required TO STAY BALANCED.
Gymnast are required TO KEEP THEIR BALANCE [or BALANCES].

Only if you deeply concentrate will you be able to STAY BALANCED.
While his friends were strongly arguing with each other, Jim was able to remain
neutral and KEEP HIS BALANCE.



Last, do you say, "in balance" or "in equilibrum"?

*** We say "in balance.  "Equilibrium" can be used, but it is not common.  [NOTE the correct spelling of equilibrium."

Ted

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