Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Looked to east

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Swahili
      • Home Country:
      • Congo
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 547
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Looked to east

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences interchangeable?

    1. The explorer looked east and then west.

    2. The explorer looked to east and then to west.

    3. The explorer looked towards east and then west.

    Thanks,

    MG

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,161
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Looked to east

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences interchangeable?

    1. The explorer looked east and then west.

    2. The explorer looked to the east and then (to) the west.

    3. The explorer looked towards the east and then (towards) the west.

    Thanks,

    MG
    This is an interesting question. They are mostly interchangeable. But I like 1. the most, and 2. and 3. progressively less.


    1. is the best for directions.
    In 2. and 3., "east" and "west" sound like places as much as directions.


    You can look towards the ocean or the mountains, but looking towards a direction sounds odd. After all, towards means 'in the direction of'.

Similar Threads

  1. What is meaning of "the East begins at Greece"?
    By gonghoujun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-Mar-2009, 15:30
  2. Looked at in one/another way
    By Egyption Arrow in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2008, 11:07
  3. east beach or east coast
    By bosun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Apr-2008, 18:40
  4. Down East = North East
    By Ducklet Cat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Oct-2007, 09:31
  5. East coast
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Jul-2007, 20:53

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •