come down with: meaning and explanation
We use the phrasal verb to come down with something to mean to become ill/unwell.
We only really use this phrasal verb for small/non-serious illnesses, e.g. a cold or the flu. Don’t use it to talk about something serious.
Instead of specifying the illness (e.g a cold), it is common to just say something – this is because we don’t feel very well, but we don’t know what is causing it. e.g. I feel like I might be coming down with something – I hope it isn’t that cough that Jessica had last week.
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?
Accent: North America
…I was going to visit Paris…
This is an example of the future in the past.
We use to be going to + verb to talk about a future plan. When we use this structure in the past (e.g. I was going to + verb), it is usually to talk about a plan that we had to change.
e.g We were going to go out for a walk this weekend, but the weather was awful = we had to change our original plan.
Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- When was the last time you came down with something?
- Can you think of a time when you or someone you know had to miss an event because they came down with something?
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