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    getting down, got down

    She got down on her knees and asked me to marry her.
    While I getting down the ladder, I fell down along with the ladder.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Please help me.


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    Re: getting down, got down

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    She got down on her knees and asked me to marry her.
    While I getting down the ladder, I fell down along with the ladder.

    Are these sentences correct?

    Please help me.
    The second needs some corrections

    I would say:

    While I was climbing down off the ladder, it fell with me to the ground.


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    Re: getting down, got down

    Thank you Svartnik.

    I like your version.

    But, I am sure "getting down" can be used with this (ascending the ladder) sense. I posted the question to know if my sentence is correct as a whole.

    Would someone help me with this?

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    Re: getting down, got down

    Hi Gary,
    "Getting down" would mean descending, not ascending.
    While I was getting down from the roof, the ladder fell--and I fell with it.

    You don't really "get down" the ladder, but use the ladder to get down from somewhere else.

    As for your first sentence, it's okay grammatically, but not at all natural to think of a woman on her knees begging someone to marry her. Usually, it's the man who gets down on ONE knee to ask the woman to marry him.


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    Re: getting down, got down

    Thank you "Barb_D"
    Getting up the ladder was easy enough - it was coming down that was the problem.
    But in the above sentence from the dictionary has the phrase "getting up the ladder". Can't I use, "getting down the ladder"? If we can use "getting up the ladder".

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    Re: getting down, got down

    Hmm. Well, when you contrast is with "getting up" then "getting down" does work. The emphasis is centered on the ladder.

    In normal conversation, though, the ladder is just tool, so it's more expected to hear where you were getting down from, such as the roof.

    So, yes, it's okay grammatically. It's just not what I would have expected.

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