(come/get) down for breakfast, kids.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by shorty1, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. shorty1

    shorty1 Senior Member

    Korean
    Hello.


    Let's suppose I am on the first floor and my kids are on the second floor and I'm calling them to have breakfast.
    #1. Come down for breakfast, kids.
    #2. Get down for breakfast, kids.

    Could you make sure if both are ok?

    I thought #2 was a phrase used to only express bending your body but I watched it used in an American drama.


    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. e2efour

    e2efour Senior Member

    England (aged 76)
    UK English
    I would prefer come down, but no doubt get down sounds ok in AE.
    In BE it would sound to me as if the person saying get down is angry or in a hurry.
     
  3. Englishmypassion

    Englishmypassion Senior Member

    Nainital
    India - Hindi
    I, too, much prefer "come down", out of the two, that is.
    To me, get down sounds as if the kids were on a tree or a bus.:D
     
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  4. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    I don't even know why you would need to say anything other than, "Breakfast is ready!". Your kids presumably know where it's served. :rolleyes::D
     
  5. shorty1

    shorty1 Senior Member

    Korean
    Thank you very much, e2efour, Englishpassion and You little ripper!. :)

    As e2efour said, I listened to the line in a scene where a woman hurries their kids into having breakfast in order not to be late for school.
    Originally the actress said "get down, kids" but I added "for breakfast". Which must make it sound a little awkward in this situation.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
  6. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In AE "get down" is usually "get down here", while "come down" is fine without "here".

    Just as in BE (post #2) in AE the "get" version means the parent is angry or in a hurry. If angry, the sentence may become:

    "You get down here this minute, young man!"

    "Breakfast is ready" and "Time for breakfast" are other common things to yell up the stairs.
     
  7. shorty1

    shorty1 Senior Member

    Korean

    Thnak you very much for offering other options. :)

    I get it.
     
  8. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    Of course, in England we have our butlers bang gongs to announce meal times. :D
     
  9. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    Of course you do! Not a word need be spoken! :rolleyes::D
     

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