Hello teachers and the others,
may be someone can explain me what is the use of the particule 'up' in the following phrase:
"The men were able to collect enough for a decent meal at the coffee shop down the street and a few candles to light up their lean-to shacks in the alley behind the train station".
If the writer do not use the word 'up' is the meaning still the same?
I notice in a lot of newspapers, articles, and books that writers put litlle 'prepositions' like up, on, down, and so fourth, but I don't know the grammar rule for those particules (do not hesitate to correct me it's my pleasure to learn where I made mistakes).
Thanks in advance for your replies.