I'm trying to construct a sentence where I would like to use the 'go down' phrasal verb.

The sentence I am working with is follows this pattern:

They decided to play Mozart; it usually went down well with most clientele.

Is this the correct use of 'go down'?

  • @user3169 Go down well (or went down well in the OP's example) is okay. go down well: "to produce a particular reaction; go down well/badly (with someone): The plan to raise rents has not gone down well with tenants." Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 19:17
  • @user3169 Here is an example: on PBS Journal, April 20, 2014 5:38pm PDT, Volkswagen cars are already very popular in China. The company's compact Lavida model went down well with consumers. Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 19:42
  • @DamkerngT. OK. I deleted my answer since OP edited the question afterwards.
    – user3169
    Commented Jun 27, 2015 at 19:46
  • Hi @DamkerngT. Could you please post your comment as an answer so that the question can be marked as answered. Thanks! Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 16:25
  • My god, people, please read the title. It explicitly asks about conjugating phrasal verbs. Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 17:13

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Phrasal verbs are conjugated like the verb portion, regardless of how irregular the verb portion is. The prepositions in the phrasal verb do not change.

For example, "wake up" would have 3rd person sing. present "wakes up", past tense "woke up", past participle "woken up" and present participle "waking up".

And, for your example;

"go down well" has 3rd person sing. present "goes down well", past tense "went down well", past participle "gone down well", present participle "going down well".

So on.

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