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    Default A ladder which leads down - an access ladder or a descending ladder?

    Hello again!

    I would like to ask you what you call a ladder which leads/goes down. You can climb down such a ladder to reach a tank, for example.

    Is it enough to say "an access ladder" or "a descending ladder" or something else?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: A ladder which leads down - an access ladder or a descending ladder?

    I would just call it an "access ladder". You can't refer to a ladder as "ascending" or "descending". A ladder goes in both directions. It just depends on whether you start at the top or the bottom!
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    Default Re: A ladder which leads down - an access ladder or a descending ladder?

    But people do just tack on down or up. Of course, any ladder goes two ways, but the way that leads away form the speaker's present position has more weight: 'there was a ladder up to the hayloft'; 'there was a ladder down to the cellar'. In careful speech one would probably say something like 'leading up/down to...', or just 'giving access to...' (with no direction specified).

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    Default Re: A ladder which leads down - an access ladder or a descending ladder?

    Yes, agreed, but we wouldn't actually refer to the ladder which leads up ​to the hayloft as an "ascending ladder".
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    Default Re: A ladder which leads down - an access ladder or a descending ladder?

    Indeed not - 'ascending' and 'descending' are just not on. But appending up or down* - usually after, but occasionally before the noun (as in Up the Down Staircase - is a useful trick.

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    * Other prepositions can sometimes be used in a similar way. A motorway exit can sometimes be an 'off ramp' (or am I getting that from US TV dramas?)

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