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    Question 'UP'

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    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.
    "Light" and "Light up" mean the same in the sentence which you have quoted.

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