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    rajan is offline Member
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    Meaning of "Be Down To"

    Could someone please help me to know the meaing of "Be Down To" in the following sentence?

    The Airforce is down to 33 Operational Squadrons in contrast with 42 required for the two front wars.

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    They got less than they needed, down from the requirement.

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    rajan, always tell us the source of any text you quote, please.

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    I had searched the meaning of it before I posted my question. But, I could not find the meaning of it from online dictionary. I searched the meaning again after your reply to my thread. There are so many meanings of it. I again could not find any meaning matching your explaination in online Oxford dictionary. Could you please take trouble in searching the meaning from online dictionary that match with your explaination. I extracted this sentence from the following source:

    https://rightlog.in/2017/08/iaf-tejas-01/

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    Rajan
    Last edited by rajan; 21-Aug-2017 at 08:54. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    down

    adverb

    If an amount of something goes down, it decreases. If an amount of something is down, it has decreased and is at a lower level than it was.

    Interest rates came down today.

    Inflation will be down to three percent.
    My weight went down to seventy pounds.
    My department had a healthy interest in keeping expenses down.
    The Dow Jones industrial average is down 5 points at 2,913.
    ...with hotel occupation down by around half.

    (Collins)

    Does that help?

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    I would like to ask one more thing. To which word / phrase "down" as an "adverb" is referring to in the sentence quoted by me?

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    Rajan

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    I got it. It is referring to "is" which indirectly refers to "go" as per your underlined explaination above. Am I right ?
    Last edited by rajan; 21-Aug-2017 at 15:54. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Re: Meaning of "Be Down To"

    "is down to" is "to decrease".

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