It appears that the group was offered transportation to someplace, with or without a guided tour. "Come down on our own" means that they will provide their own transportation.
Student or Learner
Last edited by nininaz; 19-Jul-2014 at 13:56.
Could you please tell me how could you know that ? And in which dictionary I can find the meaning of 'come down' as a means?
I couldn't find the meaning of 'come down' on the following link:
Come down means come, but with the added vector 'down' which implies a distance, usually downhill or downriver, but not necessarily.
Don't expect to find dictionary definitions for every word combination/collocation we use. Many of them just aren't there.
"I'm going down the shops". A learner might think "to go down" is a verb/phrasal verb and look it up in a dictionary. You won't find it (not with that meaning). What we should say is simply "I'm going to the shops" but many of us don't.
I'm off down the pub.
I'm going down the pub. ("Down the pub" is used extensively in BrE to mean "at/to the pub".)
I'm going down the shops.
He's going up town. (Sometimes used by people in the outer reaches of London to refer to a plan to visit the "West End" of London - the shopping centres of Regent Street, Oxford Street and perhaps the theatre areas.)
Are you coming down to see me soon? (This does at least suggest a southerly direction.)
Shall I come up and visit you? (This suggests a northerly direction.)
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.