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Up, Down, In, Out

Last night, while falling asleep and simultaneously composing an email in my mind (this is a fairly regular occurrence), I thought/wrote, Count me in! and the following realization came to light.

I'm in!
I'm up for that.
I'm down with that.
I'm down on that.
I'm out!

Things I noticed:
c) There is no positive response with "out." At least, none came to mind.
a) Different directions take different prepositions. You are up for something, but not with it.
b) A change in the preposition can completely change the meaning. From "I'm down with that." to "I'm down on that."
d) In and Out don't require a prepositional phrase for completion.

Conclusion: Grammar is amazing.

Comments

hiukei said…
that's interesting!!
can i ask something? i don't know the difference between down with and down on...it's more like i don't know the meaning of either of them
thanks!! hehe!
Beth said…
down with something = being good with it.

"I'm down with seeing that movie = I'd like to see that movie."

UNLESS you drop the "I'm" part, and just say "Down with drugs!" Then you're saying that drugs are bad.

down on something = thinking it isn't cool, being against it.

"I'm kind of down on having to work late."

Does that make sense, Hiuks?
hiukei said…
thank you, Beth!!!

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