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    Cool Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Hello

    Here's simple question.

    I think Emma is probably down for the night.

    And your answer is worth big :D

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Quote Originally Posted by mokbon View Post
    I think Emma is probably down for the night.
    It could mean 'sleeping', especially if Emma is a baby.

    It could also mean other things - only context can make this clear.

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It could mean 'sleeping', especially if Emma is a baby.

    It could also mean other things - only context can make this clear.
    Thank you! The context here isn't clear? I mean we have "for the night" here. Can it refer to other contexts not only a sleep at night? And if possible, could you please give us some example? Thank you so much!

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Thank you! The context here isn't clear? I mean we have "for the night" here. Can it refer to other contexts not only a sleep at night? And if possible, could you please give us some example? Thank you so much!
    Emma, our cat, spends a lot of time in the tree in our garden. Sometimes she comes (down) to the house for food, and sometimes she comes to sleep indoors for the whole night. This is one of those sleeping occasions.

    Emma, our daughter comes (down) from London to visit us sometimes. Sometimes she goes back on the same day, and sometimes she decides to stay with us overnight. This is one of those occasions when she may stay.

    Enough?

    These examples may seem far-fetched, but they make the point that CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT. Words have true meaning only in context.

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Emma, our cat, spends a lot of time in the tree in our garden. Sometimes she comes (down) to the house for food, and sometimes she comes to sleep indoors for the whole night. This is one of those sleeping occasions.

    Emma, our daughter comes (down) from London to visit us sometimes. Sometimes she goes back on the same day, and sometimes she decides to stay with us overnight. This is one of those occasions when she may stay.

    Enough?

    These examples may seem far-fetched, but they make the point that CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT. Words have true meaning only in context.
    The teachers should unionize and demand a flashing "context" button. We have nothing to lose but our forum privileges...

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Emma, our cat, spends a lot of time in the tree in our garden. Sometimes she comes (down) to the house for food, and sometimes she comes to sleep indoors for the whole night. This is one of those sleeping occasions.

    Emma, our daughter comes (down) from London to visit us sometimes. Sometimes she goes back on the same day, and sometimes she decides to stay with us overnight. This is one of those occasions when she may stay.

    Enough?

    These examples may seem far-fetched, but they make the point that CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT. Words have true meaning only in context.
    Yes, it's enough to me! I thought "down for the night" is some idiom that is used to talk about going to bed, but it is not, and the context makes the meaning of "down" clearer.
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: Can "be down" mean "sleep"?

    Could down replace word done?

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