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What does go down on one knee mean? #1 (permalink) Mon May 11, 2009 1:54 am   What does go down on one knee mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #103 "Charlie's Knees", question 8

Shortly after that he ......... down on one knee and proposed marriage to her and she accepted him.

(a) threw
(b) went
(c) walked
(d) leant

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #103 "Charlie's Knees", answer 8

Shortly after that he went down on one knee and proposed marriage to her and she accepted him.

Correct answer: (b) went
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What does go down on one knee mean? #2 (permalink) Mon May 11, 2009 4:01 am   What does go down on one knee mean?
 

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To 'go down on (one's) knee(s)' is the idiomatic way to express 'kneel'.
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What does go down on one knee mean? #3 (permalink) Mon May 11, 2009 9:24 am   What does go down on one knee mean?
 

Good morning Yanda, it is traditional that a man will go down on one knee when about to propose marriage to a woman.
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