Seems like an easy question, but there doesn't seem to be an easy answer! If I have three apples in my hands and I give you two, I could say 'I'll give you these two apples, but I will keep this one'. What is the verb for 'to keep' in this scenario? 拥有? 保持? 留下? All thoughts much appreciated! Hashamyim
留(下) is your best bet.
Here's an example from Oxford C-E:
I'll keep 20 yuan and the rest is for you.
In your example, I'll give you these two apples, but I'll keep them it means:
'to keep' can be said that 保持 保存 维持.
That's why I must trust you to keep this secret
I had to keep in with the people who mattered.
I wanted to keep in touch, but when I called him he gave me the brush-off.
'to keep' is a sense of continuity
Its effect is to put something in a certain state
'I have 3 apples, I'll give you two apples, I'll keep this one'.