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    Dear teachers,

    "As they approached the house, they noticed a light on upstairs."

    In this sentence, the word 'upstairs' is used as a noun or adverb?

    Does it mean that they noticed a light which is on, and the light is upstairs?

    Do we say 'he is on the upstairs'?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: on the upstairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    "As they approached the house, they noticed a light on upstairs."

    In this sentence, is the word 'upstairs' is used as a noun or adverb? It's an adverb.

    Does it mean that they noticed a light which is on, and the light is upstairs? Yes.

    Do we say 'he is on the upstairs'? No.

    Thank you!
    Rover

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    Default Re: on the upstairs?

    To answer your third question a little more specifically, I'd say "he is upstair."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi man View Post
    To answer your third question a little more specifically, I'd say "he is upstair."
    That would be incorrect.

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    . . . and please state that you are not a teacher, kiwi man.

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    Default Re: on the upstairs?

    He is upstairs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: on the upstairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    "As they approached the house, they noticed a light on upstairs."

    In this sentence, is the word 'upstairs' is used as a noun or adverb? It's an adverb.

    Does it mean that they noticed a light which is on, and the light is upstairs? Yes.

    Do we say 'he is on the upstairs'? No.

    Rover
    Thanks for your answers and correction, Rover.

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