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    we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    Why did they say "come down"? It sounds like you have to come down from upstairs to downstairs, but isn't it related to height but just "come over"?

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    *Not a teacher

    As far as I know, come down is also used when you come from a big city (usually a residence) to a smaller city.

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    Come over might sound too casual and come here might sound too bossy, so come down fits in the middle- it's polite but pressing.

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Come over might sound too casual and come here might sound too bossy, so come down fits in the middle- it's polite but pressing.
    Does "down" in here have any meaning? and what do you think of SirGod's opinion?

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does "down" in here have any meaning? and what do you think of SirGod's opinion?
    Down can mean going further south, going to a place of lesser importance, or smaller place...

    I generally use it more generically though.

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    1. Does "down" in here have any meaning? 2. and what do you think of SirGod's opinion?
    1. It has no vital meaning. The utterance could be made simply as Your husband's been in an accident and we need you to come as soon as possible.

    The context would make it clear that the 'coming' meant 'to the place from which I am speaking - Mercy Hospital'.

    2. I agree with SirGod. 'Come down' can also be used in that way, but I don't think that's a likely reading in your example. If it had been, the speaker would have said something like, "This is Mercy Hospital in X" (X = the name of the smaller town).

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    Re: we need you to come down as soon as possible.?

    noteacher

    They could as easily have said 'come up' to the hospital. Maybe it's on a hill.
    Come down could imply that the hospital is downtown, but it's probably just generic usage in most places.

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