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What is the meaning of “I’m down?”
“I’m down” is an informal expression (slang).
When someone says “I’m down,” it usually means one of three things: that they’re available, that they are feeling sad, or that they’re sick.
The meaning of “I’m down” changes depending on the context. Let’s discuss when to say this expression.
Agree With Something
“I’m down” is an informal phrase that is used to make plans.
If you agree with something, you can say “I’m down” or “I’m down for that.”
For example, if your friend asks if you want to go see a movie, you could say, “I’m down.” This means that you agree to go to see the movie.
Alternative expressions that could be used: “I’m up for it,” “sure,” “let’s do this,” “I’m game,” “I’m in,” or “let’s go.”
Other Example Sentences:
- What do you want to do tonight?
I’m down for whatever.
- Do you want to go to the party with me?
Yeah, I’m down.
- We are getting some food. Are you down?
- I’m up for it (it means that you are interested and willing to try).
- Let’s do this.
- I’m in.
- Let’s go.
- I’m game. (American English; very informal; it means that you are ready for action).
I’m Feeling Sick
When you’re feeling unwell, you can say, “I’m down.”
For example, if you have the flu, you might say, “I’m down with the flu.
If you feel very hot and unwell, you might say, “I think I’m coming down with a fever.” This means that you think you are getting a fever, but the sickness hasn’t taken hold of you yet.
Other Example Sentences:
- I don’t think I can go out tonight. I’m down with a cold.
- I was planning on going to the game, but I’m down with food poisoning.
- Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling too well. I think I was coming down with something.
When someone is depressed or sad, they might say, “I’m down.” This means that they’re feeling sad and are not in good spirits.
For example, you could say, “I’m feeling down because I failed my exam.”
An alternative expression they could say is “I’m feeling blue,” which also means “I feel down.”
Other Example Sentences:
- I’m feeling down because I didn’t get the job I wanted.
- I’m really down today. Nothing is going right.
- Why are you feeling down? What’s wrong?
- I was feeling down, but then I talked to my best friend and felt better.
- I’m feeling blue.
- I’m in a bad mood.
- I’m depressed.
- I’m sad.
- I’m not feeling well.
- I’m unwell.
How do you respond to “I’m down”?
This will really depend on the context. If it is said in agreement, you don’t need to respond. If someone tells you they are feeling down as in sick or sad, you might respond with “I hope you feel better soon” or “if you need me, I’m here.”
Where does the expression “I’m down” come from?
As an expression of agreement or approval, “I’m down” came from African American jazz from around 1935. It was popularized through rap and hip-hop, especially in the early 1990s.
When someone says “I’m down,” it usually means that they agree with something, that they are sick or sad. If you’re not sure which meaning they intend, it’s best to ask for clarification.
Do you have any other questions about common English phrases? Let us know in the comments below.
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