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continue by (doing something)

To persist in something or take the next step toward a particular goal or outcome. Once you're done cleaning the bathroom, you can continue by sweeping the hallway—that's the last area we need to clean before the dinner party.
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continue with (something)

To maintain the action that one has been doing. After that unexplained crash in the hallway, the professor had a hard time continuing with his lecture.
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Can we continue this later?

A request to resume a conversation with someone at a later time. I have to run to a meeting, so can we continue this later? I really want to hear the rest of your thoughts on the merger.
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the wheels turn

Progress is being or continues to be made. Typically used in conjunction with verbs like "continue" or "keep." We need to keep the wheels turning with this project or we're not going to make the January deadline. Despite the turmoil in the studio, the wheels continued to turn, and the film eventually saw the light of day 15 years after it first started development.
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continue by doing something

to keep going by starting to do something else or the next step. You are doing very well in this piano lesson. Please continue by playing the other sonata. After the interruption, Wally continued by explaining his position on the trade negotiations.
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continue with something

to keep doing whatever was being done before. Oh, please continue with your discussion. Do you mind if I continue with my knitting as we talk?
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Could we continue this later?

 and Can we continue this later?
Could we go on with this conversation at a later time? As Mary and John were discussing something private, Bob entered the room. "Could we continue this later?" whispered John. "Yes, of course," answered Mary.
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the wheels turn

If you say that the wheels turn in a process or situation, you mean that progress is made. The wheels continue to turn on plans to convert the building into a bookstore. Note: You can also say that someone or something keeps the wheels turning to mean that they cause progress to be made. It is the small entrepreneurs of this country that keep the wheels of commerce turning.
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The strong rebound in paper stock markets throughout the past 18 months should continue to hold up fairly well through the next several months.
Further growth exceeding 2% per year will continue through 2006, at which time shipments are estimated to be 16.
The market continues to be burdened by high levels of competition and pricing pressure.
The refinance landscape will continue to morph into a more normal picture.
Economic Support Funds will also continue to support infrastructure rehabilitation, including the Kabul-Kandahar-Herat ring road.
Investment in retail real estate has been rising and we expect it to continue Throughout 2003, unless there is a major event that changes the fundamentals," said Latella.
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of Internet users continues to rise.
The third quarter growth of 1992 is expected to continue, spurred on by growth in motor vehicle sales, durable goods consumption and building activity.
Total online consumer spending is predicted by experts to reach $170 billion in 2006, as businesses continue to utilize the Internet for a variety of revenue generation and cost control initiatives.
Recent development in New York continues to prove New York an extremely desirable investment.
It is clear that these areas consistently present you with the kind of everyday problems that require immediate and successful resolution if your facility is to continue running smoothly and efficiently.
As long as the economy does not stumble, producers are likely to realize strengthening selling prices as the economy continues to grow and market conditions remain tight.
The continuation of the strong office sector depends on whether the move towards oversupply continues, particularly in suburban areas.
Despite the squeeze on margins due to industry pressures, cash flow generation from operations continues to be strong (between 6%-13% of Revenue compared to 8%-16% historically).
Although the volume of debt and equity capital flowing into real estate continues to accelerate, particularly via the rapidly growing public markets, these capital flows have not triggered excessive new construction.
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