Down phrasal verbs

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If you ‘lie down’ you go for a rest on a bed or a sofa.

  • You look exhausted. Lie down for a while.
  • I lie down for ten minutes after lunch every day.

If you ‘slow down’, you go less quickly than before.

  • As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and to be able to get through less work.
  • Production has slowed down compared with last year.

If you ‘calm down’, you stop being angry or excited.

  • He got very angry at first but laughed about it when he had calmed down a bit.
  • You need to calm down. You are much too emotional.

If someone or something needs to ‘cool down’, they are too hot.

  • I am going to take a shower to cool myself down a bit.
  • The coffee is too hot to drink. Let it cool down a bit.

If you ‘cut down’ something, it can mean that you reduce the number.

  • We need to cut down our workforce by 500 people.
  • You should cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke.

If an argument ‘falls down’, it is very weak.

  • Your argument falls down when you look at the inflation rate.
  • The argument falls down when you take costs into account.

If you ‘mark down’ a price, you reduce it.

  • The shirts have been marked down by 50%.
  • Prices have been marked down by 10% across the board.

If things ‘quieten down’ , they become less noisy.

  • I am not going to speak until you all quieten down a bit.
  • It was very hectic earlier but things have quietened down now.

If you ‘tear something down’, you pull it with force from a wall or a notice board.

  • He tore down the poster that the union had put up.
  • Somebody has torn down the safety notice I put up.

If you ‘tone down’ something, you make it less extreme.

  • You need to tone down the language in your letter. It is too hostile.
  • We need to tone down the colors on the website. They are too bright.

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6 Comments

OLGA

Sep 9, 2011, 3:43 pm

Dear Pearson,

I’m starting a new school year today and I feel like a teacher-beginner again because all the coursebooks are unknown for me. One of them is “Activate”, level B. I’ll work in three different schools until the end of May, 2012. Unfortunately, I don’t have a permanent job.
I’m very grateful to you and I’m very much interested in all the information you send to me. I wish you and your family to be happy and healthy.

Olga, Russia

OLGA

Sep 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

Tomorrow I’ll start the first lesson at school and think:”I need to calm down. I’m much too emotional”.

As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and to be able to get trough less work.

Some idioms are exactly about me! Thank you very much for sending them!

OLGA

Sep 9, 2011, 4:13 pm

I’ve done a mistake! through – “h” is missing

wald adeoye

Sep 9, 2011, 6:40 pm

Each time i click on exercise, it goes blank. Lets quickly rectify this anormaly. Thanks

admin

Sep 9, 2011, 1:00 pm

Are you using an iphone or ipad or some other device that doesn’t play Flash?

tatyana

Sep 9, 2011, 11:10 am

Thanks a lot for your work (I mean for all phrasal verbs, idioms and exercises that you have sent 2 me). It really makes my work much easier and more pleasant. Thanks:)

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