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hello! i would just like to know the difference between the two. Thanks in advance!
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Hello guest.

The basic difference is that we would say calm me down, but not use the other construct. Emotion: smile
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Hi Temico,
a) is OK
b) is not OK. You need to say
'Do you really believe that your loud voice is going to CALM me DOWN??'
However, if Tom is angry, you could say
'Do you really believe that your loud voice is going to CALM DOWN Tom??

With a pronoun, you have to put it 'between'. Other, similar two-word verbs include
eg, 'drop me off', 'call me up'.

Best wishes,
Clive

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To Abbie,

How about:-

a) Are you trying to CALM ME DOWN with your soothing words?
b) Do you really believe that your loud voice is going to CALM DOWN ME??
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To Clive,

How about, "Calm Tom down."
If it's correct, then it means that only proper names can be put, both, between "calm" and "down" and after "calm down" but not pronouns. Is that what I am to understand from your explanation?
Hi Temico,
Yes, but nouns, not just proper names.

'The police calmed the man down.'

Clive