I want to say:

我吃下去 = I continue eating. 

Must verb always be before 下去?

or is 我下去吃 also correct?

The same for other verbs like .

我等下去 = I continue wating. 

or is 我下去等 also correct?

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As other answers stated, 下去 can function as a directional/result word particle for 'down' e.g. 吞下去; It can also function as a verb for 'go down' e.g. 我要下去

But when 下去 is functioning as an adverb for "continue". It must be placed after a verb. e.g. 等下去

I want to say:

我吃下去 = I continue eating.

To avoid confusion, you can write "我(繼續)吃下去" or simply "我繼續吃".

Another way to make "我吃下去 (I continue eating) not ambiguous is to add more context. For example, 我再吃下去也不會喜歡上這東西

  • 'go down' in English can have different meanings depending on the context. How about 我要下去? Does it always mean I want to go downstairs in any context or it can also have different meanings in different contexts?
    – O Connor
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 8:38
  • @ O Connor 我要下去 (I want to go down) mean someone wants to descend/ get down from a high place, for example, a building, a hill, or even from a stage
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 9:09
  • @OConnor In some cases where the situation/idea expressed involves moving in a downwards direction but there are no stairs involved, it would be inappropriate to translate using the word "downstairs". // In en.wiktionary.org/wiki/go_down there are 9 meanings/usages given for "go down" as a verb. So this usage of 下去 matches item #2 ("To descend; to move from a higher place to a lower one.") on wikipedia. It doesn't fit with the other items (1; 3-9). Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 9:17

我吃下去 means you swallow/take something. e.g. 我吃下去那醫師開的感冒藥後,有點昏昏欲睡。

我下去吃 means you go downstairs to somewhere to eat something. e.g. 我要下去吃早餐了.

我等下去 means I will go somewhere after a while. e.g. Q: 你甚麼時候過來一起打球? A:我等下去!

我下去等 means you go downstairs and wait someone in front of door(or somewhere). e.g. Q: Uber外送快送到了! A: 我下去等。

  • 我觉得题主说的“等下去”是“一直等下去”的“等下去”,不是“等一下去”的“等下去”
    – River
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 18:05
  • 我等下去 means I will go somewhere after a while? Does 我等下去 not just simply mean I keep/continue wating?
    – O Connor
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 8:35
  • Maybe someone would say 我等下去 instead of 我等(一)下(就)去. But people don't usually reduce 等一下 to 等下
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 7:12

These are 3 different situation

1, In 吃下,咽下,吞下,喝下, 下 means "down into the stomach".

2, In 等下去,看下去,持续下去,这样下去,继续下去,下去 means continue. You can think of a process as a flow and 下去 is continuing the process.

3, 下去 Itself means go down stairs. So when you say 我下去吃,我下去等, that means you are going to eat/wait downstairs.

我吃下去 Is more likelihood to be understood as the first situation. If you want to say "I continue eating" It can be 我继续吃,我接着吃.

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