November 29th, 2011 in Words
Phrasal verbs formed with down usually show a decrease in the value of something. Note that a phrasal verb can be separable or inseparable. The two parts of an inseparable phrasal verb always stays together.
Bring down (= reduce)
The government has vowed to bring the prices down.
The opposition accused the government of doing nothing to bring down the prices of essential commodities.
Go down = decrease
Prices of digital cameras have gone down dramatically over the last couple of years.
Cut down = reduce the value of
We must cut our spending down.
Knock down = cause to fall from an upright to a lying position
She was knocked down by a bus.
Go down = go to a less important place or position
They have gone down to the country for a holiday.
Put your foot down = insist
Cool down = relax
Cool down. We have got nothing to worry about.
Jane was really upset and angry that it took me a while to cool her down.
Calm down = make less excited
I calmed the children down with a story.
Turn down = reduce volume
You had better turn that music down before Dad gets angry.
Water down = reduce the strength of something
You need to water down your argument.