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    Default Downstair

    Hello, How to build a sentence with downstair(adj)?


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    Default Re: Downstair

    The word is 'downstairS' always plural - nobody has just one!

    'I went downstairs to see who was at the door.'

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    Default Re: Downstair

    Quote Originally Posted by oregeezer View Post
    The word is 'downstairS' always plural - nobody has just one!

    'I went downstairs to see who was at the door.'
    Hi Oregeezer

    I`ve always used the word downstairs the way you did, but searching on google I found out that the word downstair can be used attributively, as in the following example:

    She is in the downstair room.

    Is the use of downstair wrong, unusual or awkward in the above sentence?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Downstair

    Hi Teia,

    My computer says that downstair is a synonym of downstairs. (lol)
    (refer to Answer.com for information)

    Happy New Year.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Default Re: Downstair

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Teia,

    My computer says that downstair is a synonym of downstairs. (lol)
    (refer to Answer.com for information)

    Happy New Year.

    Regards.

    V.
    Hi Vil

    Yes, you are right. My dictionary says the same:

    adjective
    on or of lower floors of a building; "the downstairs (or downstair) phone" [syn: downstairs] [ant: upstair]

    downstair - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Thank you for answering me.
    A Happy New Year to you too.

    Teia

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    Default Re: Downstair

    You won't find 'downstair' in the Oxford, or the Cambridge.
    It seems to me this is another example of 'famous for being famous' : if enough people have slovenly pronunciation or wonky grammar, it will become sufficiently widespread to turn up in American dictionaries...and then others catch the virus of 'it must be acceptable to say it like that'.

    Maybe the 'downstairs toilet' sounds like possessive case to some people = downstair's or downstairs' toilet. So when they then refer to the toilet on the ground floor, it becomes the toilet downstair.

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