Come Down With

Come Down With

Infinitive: Come Down With
Present Tense: Come Down With/ Comes Down With
-ing Form: Coming Down With
Past Tense: Came Down With
Past Participle: Come Down With
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in one way
  1. 1

    When you start to experience the symptoms of a disease or illness.

    I think I'm coming down with the flu.
    Trinity was sent to the school nurse because she had come down with a fever.

Come Down With
  1. I eat a lot of fresh ginger during flu season because I don't want to ______ _______ ______ anything.
  2. Martin, do you feel okay? It seems like you're _____ ____ ___ something
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough, or we're all gonna _____ ______ ______ a cold.
  4. If you don't wear enough protective clothing during cold weather, you'll _____ ____ ___ something.
  5. In my opinion, people who have a poor diet are three times more likely to ______ _______ _______ something more often than people who have a healthy diet.

Listen for the phrasal verb Come Down With in the video clip from the classic movie Some Like It Hot

  1. Sugar: I don't want her to know we're in cahoots.
    Daphne: Oh, well, we won't tell anybody. Not even Josephine.
    Sugar: Maybe I'd better stay here till she goes back to sleep.
    Daphne: You stay here as long as you like.
    Sugar: I'm not crowding you, am I?
    Daphne: No, it's nice and cozy.
    Sugar: When I was a little girl on cold nights like this, I used to crawl into bed with my sister. We'd cuddle up under the covers and pretend we were lost in a dark cave and were trying to find our way out.
    Daphne: That's very interesting.
    Sugar: Is anything wrong?
    Daphne: No, no, no. Not a thing.
    Sugar: You poor thing, you're trembling all over.
    Daphne: Ridiculous.
    Sugar: Your head's hot.
    Daphne: Ridiculous.
    Sugar: You got cold feet!
    Daphne: Isn't that ridiculous?
    Sugar: Here, let me warm them up a little. There, isn't that better?
    Daphne: Yeah. I'm a girl, I'm a girl, I'm a girl, I'm a girl.
    Sugar: What did you say?
    Daphne: I'm a very sick girl.
    Sugar: Oh, I'd better go before I catch something.
    Daphne: I'm not that sick.
    Sugar: I've got very low resistance.
    Daphne: Sugar, if you feel that you're _____ _____ ___ something, my dear, the best thing in the world is a shot of whiskey.
    Sugar: You've got some?
    Daphne: I know where to get it. Don't move. Hold on.
  2. What was the video about?

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

  • Milica

    I eat a lot of fresh ginger during flu season because I don’t want to come down with anything.
    Martin, do you feel okay? It seems like you’re coming down with something.
    Cover your mouth when you cough, or we’re all gonna come down with a cold.
    If you don’t wear enough protective clothing during cold weather, you’ll come down with something.
    In my opinion, people who have a poor diet are three times more likely to come down with something more often than people who have a healthy diet.

  • I eat a lot of fresh ginger during flu season because I don’t want to come down with anything.
    Martin, do you feel okay? It seems like you’re coming down with something
    Cover your mouth when you cough, or we’re all gonna come down with a cold.
    If you don’t wear enough protective clothing during cold weather, you’ll come down with something.
    In my opinion, people who have a poor diet are three times more likely to come down with something more often than people who have a healthy diet.

  • Tatiana

    Could you help me to understand the difference in examples concern to articles? You wrote THE flu, but A fever. Why is it different? Thanks.

  • LOIEnglish

    Good!

  • LOIEnglish

    Tatiana…this is a really good question and has somewhat of a medical answer and although I’m not a doctor I will try to explain it in terms of English grammar.

    ‘The Flu’ – normally refers to a specific virus, although there are about 6 viruses that are considered ‘the flu’ H1N1 for example is a ‘flu virus’ So we say THE FLU when we are talking about a specific virus that is usually more serious than A common cold.

    ‘A Fever’ is general and refers to any raised body temperature. There isn’t a specific ‘fever’ it is just a general symptom of A cold or THE flu.

  • LOIEnglish

    Good.

  • caroline

    I eat a lot of fresh ginger during flu season because I don’t want to come down with anything.

    Martin, do you feel okay? It seems like you’re coming down with something

    Cover your mouth when you cough, or we’re all gonna come down with a cold.

    If you don’t wear enough protective clothing during cold weather, you’ll come down with something.

    In my opinion, people who have a poor diet are three
    times more likely to come down with something more often than
    people who have a healthy diet.

  • LOIEnglish

    Great!

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