Boil Down To

Boil Down To

Infinitive: Boil Down To
Present Tense: Boil Down To/ Boils Down To
-ing Form: Boiling Down To
Past Tense: Boiled Down To
Past Participle: Boiled Down To
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in one way
  1. 1

    To have determined or analyzed the solution or reason for something.

    Their endless fights all boil down to their stubbornness.
    In the end, it all boiled down to who was willing to make the sacrifice.

Boil Down To
  1. We all want to go on a road trip, so it all _____ ____ ___ whether or not we can get the money to take the trip.
  2. Reports have shown that the majority of the crime caused in the city ______ _____ ____ mental illness.
  3. Sometimes, it's just too hard to decide which product to choose, but in the end, it ______ ____ ___ price and quality.
  4. Do you have any idea what this situation will ______ ____ ___?
  5. When faced with a life-and-death situation, it usually _____ _____ ___ who remains calm that can save the most lives.

Listen and comment for the phrasal verb Boil Down To in the video clip from the movie Clueless

  1. Everything I think and everything I do is wrong. I was wrong about Elton, I was wrong about Christian, and now Josh hated me. It all _____ _____ ___ one inevitable conclusion, I was just totally clueless. Oh, and this Josh and Tai thing was wigging me more than anything. I mean, what was my problem? Tai is my pal, I don't begrudge her a boyfriend, I really... Ooh, I wonder if they have that in my size. What does she want with Josh, anyway? He dresses funny, he listens to complaint rock, he's not even cute... in a conventional way.

    I mean, he's just like this slug who hangs around the house all the time. And he's a hideous dancer, I couldn't take him anywhere. Wait a second, what am I stressing about? This is like, Josh! OK, OK, so he's kind of a baldwin, but what would he want with Tai? She couldn't make him happy. Josh needed someone with imagination, someone to take care of him, someone to laugh at his jokes... in case he ever makes any. Then suddenly...Oh my God...I love Josh.
  2. What does the above passage mean?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • We all want to go on a road trip, so it all boils down to whether or not we can get the money to take the trip.
    Reports have shown that the majority of the crime caused in the city boil down to mental illness.
    Sometimes, it’s just too hard to decide which product to choose, but in the end, it boils down to price and quality.
    Do you have any idea what this situation will boil down to?
    When faced with a life-and-death situation, it usually boils down to who remains calm that can save the most lives.

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