to go down well/badly

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to go down well/badly

by | Last updated Apr 13, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 12 comments

This sentence contains the phrasal verb "to go down well/badly". 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 go down well/badly". 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

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I parents decision university . It better it would.

I my parents my decision to university night. It went better than I it would.

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to go down well/badly

When you want to talk about how people reacted to something (e.g. some news, a joke, a meal), we can use the phrasal verb to go down well/badly. e.g. I made an inappropriate joke during the speech and it didn't go down very well.

If we say that some news went down badly, we are saying that people reacted badly to the news.


When someone quits university, school or a course, we can also use the phrasal verb to drop out of something.

In this example, the sentence would be: I told my parents about my decision to drop out of university last night.

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  • Can you remember a time when you told someone something, and it went down really badly?

  • Using this phrasal verb, give me an example of something you cooked for someone which was a great success/a big failure.

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My husband loves wearing beautiful and costly shirts. One of them needed be let down in the cuffs, so I try to do it on my own but unwittingly I messed it up. I was in a real fix. So, I bent over backwards to fix it, but I couldn’t. Then, I let a few days pass by to think of how I could tell him without his becoming angry. Until one day he asked me about that shirt, I told him everything. Fortunately, it didn’t go down as badly as I thought it would. Quite a relief. The other… Read more »

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Well, I’m not a cooking lover, so I don’t have many experiences at the kitchen, but once I made a salt pie, and instead of sprinkle oregano on it, I put anise. The taste was weird, but it went down better than I thought it would

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