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Why we "put down" it's not clear to me



 
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Why we "put down" it's not clear to me #1 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:47 am   Why we "put down" it's not clear to me
 

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #18 "Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs", question 10

I would call him down to see you in normal circumstances but he's so tired he's to bed already.

(a) would call
(b) down
(c) to

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #18 "Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs", answer 10

I would call him down to see you in normal circumstances but he's so tired he's in bed already.

Correct entry: in
The error was: (c) to
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Hi,

"I would call him down to see you". Could you please explain to me why we put down it's not clear to me.

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Call down #2 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:19 am   Call down
 

Hi,

This is really a shortened form of: I will call him to come down with the sense of: call him to come downstairs as at the moment he is upstairs in bed.

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Why we "put down" it's not clear to me #3 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:20 am   Why we "put down" it's not clear to me
 

'Call him down' in the test sentence means 'call him to come downstairs' (to see you) -- he is upstairs in bed.
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Why we "put down" it's not clear to me #4 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:21 am   Why we "put down" it's not clear to me
 

I can't believe it! We must have gone to the same school, Alan.
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Why we "put down" it's not clear to me #5 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:11 pm   Why we "put down" it's not clear to me
 

So, to "call down" basically means calling somebody upstairs to come down.

And, to "call up" is (to dial somebody?)

Is that correct?
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To call up #6 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 22:04 pm   To call up
 

To call up is to telephone, among other definitions.

Note that you cannot dial somebody -- to dial is to make a telephone number: can you dial this number for me? To call the police you must dial 999.
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To call up #7 (permalink) Wed Oct 18, 2006 23:13 pm   To call up
 

Conchita wrote:
To call up is to telephone, among other definitions.

Note that you cannot dial somebody -- to dial is to make a telephone number: can you dial this number for me? To call the police you must dial 999.

But you can also ring your doctor as you were coming down with something :lol:
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