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    downstairs.

    is this correct
    don't try to go up the downstairs

    how can anyone go up the the stairs that are going down?

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    Re: downstairs.

    It's not something you see much these days, but many years ago (in the US, anyway) sometimes stairways in large buildings were designated as "up only" or "down only." It was a means to control the large volume of foot traffic. In fact, there is an old movie called Up the Down Staircase. It was set in a high school, and so titled because one of the teachers spent much of his time reprimanding students for taking a shortcut and going up the stairs that were marked "down only."

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    Re: downstairs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    is this correct
    don't try to go up the downstairs

    how can anyone go up the the stairs that are going down?
    Maybe you want to say: "Don't try to go up the stairs" or "Don't try to go down the stairs". Your sentence doesn't make any sense.

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