to come down with sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

to come down with sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to come down with something". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to come down with something". Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

Paris flu.

I was visit Paris but I after the flu.

I was to visit Paris this but I to after coming with the flu.

About the sentence

to come down with something

We use the phrasal verb to come down with something to mean to become ill/unwell. 

We only really use this phrasal verb for small/non-serious illnesses, e.g. a cold or the flu. Don't use it to talk about something serious.

Instead of specifying the illness (e.g a cold), it is common to just say something - this is because we don't feel very well, but we don't know what is causing it. e.g. I feel like I might be coming down with something - I hope it isn't that cough that Jessica had last week.


"I was going to visit Paris this weekend is an example of the future in the past.

We use to be going to + verb to talk about a future plan. When we use this structure in the past (e.g. I was going to + verb), it is usually to talk about a plan that we had to change.

e.g We were going to go out for a walk this weekend, but the weather was awful = we had to change our original plan.

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  • When was the last time you came down with something?

  • Can you think of a time when you or someone you know had to miss an event because they came down with something?

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