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    neighbours from above/below

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if I can shorten the phrase

    "My neighbours who live in the flat above/below ..." to

    "my neighbours from above/below"

    Or do I have to omit 'from'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    I'd say 'These are my neighbours from upstairs/downstairs'.

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    I agree that this is best, but I think I've heard 'upstairs neighbour'. Even if I haven't, it would be readily understood in context.

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree that this is best, but I think I've heard 'upstairs neighbour'. Even if I haven't, it would be readily understood in context.

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    upstairs neighbours sounds perfectly normal to me. I use this phrase all the time.

    for example: "My upstairs neighbours are complete jerks" (I'm actually thinking of a much ruder word)

    Edit: or downstairs neighbour

    You can also say "my neighbour above/below me"

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    Got it! Thank you.

    Would you understand me if I said 'My neighbours left/right" ? I'm thinking about the horizontal plane now

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Got it! Thank you.

    Would you understand me if I said 'My neighbours left/right" ? I'm thinking about the horizontal plane now
    One would think that that would make perfect sense.

    The first thing that pops into my head is
    My neighbours left (they are no longer there, where did they go?)
    My neighbours right/you know (doesn't make sense either)


    I usually say and hear
    The neighbours to my left/right.

    Not a teacher.


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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Got it! Thank you.

    Would you understand me if I said 'My neighbours left/right" ? I'm thinking about the horizontal plane now
    My neighbours to the right/left

    If you just said "my neighbours left/right", I wouldn't know what you're saying.

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    Re: neighbours from above/below

    You can also say "my next-door neighbor," assuming that they live in an adjacent apartment.

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