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    #1

    come down to

    My improvement in English has come down to how much time I spend in the forum.

    Her performance in the exam will come down to how much time she spend for studies.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Please help me.

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    #2

    Re: come down to

    Yes in terms of the use of "come down to."

    No in that it should be "how much time she spends on her studies."

    {a writer, not a teacher}


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    Re: come down to

    The commotion has come down to communal riot eventually.

    Is this sentence correct?

    Please help me.

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    #4

    Re: come down to

    No. The commotion eventually turned into a community riot.

    The cause of the riot came down to their feelings of racial injustice.

    Use "came down to" to mean the one thing that can lead something else to happen.


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    #5

    Re: come down to

    All his achievement comes down to his mother.

    I mean, by the sentence, that his mother leads him to make achievements.

    B.T.W. [You advised me not to work on tough words/phrases that I am not ready for but to work on simple words/phrases]. You can see I am following your advice though I am working on some tough phrases like (come down to) without knowing its nature.

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    #6

    Re: come down to

    It's difficult when you have such idiomatic usage. All these "come across, come upon, come up with, come out, come down..." it's hard to sound natural!

    Are you reading any stories in English? That will help. You really have made so much progress!

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    #7

    Re: come down to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's difficult when you have such idiomatic usage. All these "come across, come upon, come up with, come out, come down..." it's hard to sound natural!

    Are you reading any stories in English? That will help. You really have made so much progress!
    When you say:
    A has come down to B...

    means B causes A to happen, right?

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    #8

    Re: come down to

    More than than, though. When you strip away all of the other causes, B is what is left as the primary reason.

    A: Mary got the job instead you? I'm sorry to hear that! You were so much more qualified!
    B: Yes, but it didnt' come down to who was more qualified. It came down to the fact that her father is the president of the company and mine is not.


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    Re: come down to

    Thank you Blouen and Barb_D
    A: Mary got the job instead you? I'm sorry to hear that! You were so much more qualified!
    B: Yes, but it didnt' come down to who was more qualified. It came down to the fact that her father is the president of the company and mine is not.
    Very Very nice Example, Barb_D.

    Really it helps me a lot.

    So, again my try :
    Mr. A : Your English has been improved much. I think it is all because of your school teachers.
    Myself : No, it hasn't come down to my school teachers. But it has come down to this forum's members/moderators.

    Am I right?
    Last edited by user_gary; 27-Jul-2007 at 17:43.

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