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    Default Steps or stairs?

    Is it correct if I say I went up the steps (for inside a house) instead of saying I went up the stairs?

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    Smile Re: Steps or stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Is it correct if I say I went up the steps (for inside a house) instead of saying I went up the stairs?
    You could say that, but in a very exceptional context.
    Typically, you'd say the latter.

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    If it is not a full set of stairs, but just a few steps, I'd use 'steps'.

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    The steps on this set of stairs are very narrow.
    The stairs leading up into the tower are very steep.
    Each step of the staircase is covered with carpet.

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    Please take a look at this photo.
    http://blog.bodymaker.jp/user/kenbur...s/DSC08165.jpg

    What is this man doing?
    - He is climbing the stairs two steps at a time. [Is this correct?]

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    The set of steps depicted is not inside the house/building, leading from one floor to an upper floor - hence, not stairs.
    He is climbing a set of steps/he is climbing the steps, three at a time.

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Please take a look at this photo.
    http://blog.bodymaker.jp/user/kenbur...s/DSC08165.jpg

    What is this man doing?
    - He is climbing the stairs two steps at a time. [Is this correct?]

    I think this is correct, why?


    I'm guessing that stairs is often refers to a set of steps as in a staircase and there is not just one and for refering to only one of those stairs we say A step? and also when we have just a few steps we usually say steps and not stairs. Is this correct?

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    Default Re: Steps or stairs?

    Yes, though it doesn't have to be singular- you have two and three steps used in the earlier posts in this thread.

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