go down and grammar

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Feb 15, 2008
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Hi, these my two questions, thanks for your help.;-)

1. what does " go down" mean in this sentence? I've looked it up in the dictionary, but not pretty sure which explanation is right.

(Script's from Prison Break 01x02)
Philly - John, word is that someone in here knows where Fibonacci is, and you're not doing anything about it.
John - I'm working on it.
P - Well, you're not working on it fast enough.
- Apparently, Fibonacci's coming up for air again.
- Next month, a Congressional hearing.
- Now, if he testifies at that hearing,
- a lot of people are going down,
- including me.
- Now, I've known you a long time.
- Our wives are friends,
- our kids go to the same Catholic school.
- Now, it would be a shame
- if anything were to happen to your kids.
- I know my kids would miss them.

2. I've seen it happen a number of ways. Is this a right sentene in grammar? I don't think it's right, in my opinion, I think the right one would be- I've seen it happens a number of ways.

(Script's from Prison Break 01x03)
Pope - Why didn't you include any names?
Lincoln - Why would I want anyone to watch me die?
P - I've seen it happen a number of ways.
- Some people wanna go it alone,
- others have grandiose statements they wanna make.
- But most want some member of their family there,
- before they leave this world.
L - I'll do it alone.

Thanks and have a nice day!


Nov 16, 2007
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a lot of people are going down. - will be sent to prison

I've seen it happen a number of ways. This is ok the use of the bare infinitive is correct but you could say "It happens a number of ways"

David L.

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Nov 7, 2007
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'a lot of people are going down' - it means, that they will be found guilty at their trials and going to prison. In New York, Sing Sing prison is upstate on the East River. Perhaps when the expression originated, the prison was south, and the person would be going 'down river'.
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