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    a few connotations of "up to"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The water in the pond was only up to John's knees.

    Mary is small and just comes up to Bill's chest.

    The shovel sank in the soft mud all the way up to the handle.

    up to = as far, as deep, or as high as

    The team did not play up to its best today.

    Because of the rain, the number of people at the party didn't come up to the number we expected.

    up to = close to; approaching

    Pick any number up to ten.

    There were up to eight fire engines at the fire.

    up to = as high as; not more than; as much or as many as

    Up to her fourth birthday, the baby slept in a crib.

    Up to now I always thought my wife was honest.

    We went swimming up till breakfast time.

    Up until last summer we always went to the beach for our vacation.

    up to = until; til

    We chose Harry to be captain because we thought he was up to the job.

    Mother is sick and not up to going out to the store.

    I'm not up to such hard work in this hot weather.

    Mother hasn't been up to much recently, while her leg was bad.

    I'm not up to going out tonight, I have a headache.

    up to = capable of; fit for; equal to; strong or well enough for

    What are you up to with the matches, John?

    Mrs. Watson was sure that the boys were up to no good, because they ran when they saw her coming.

    I'd better go into the children's room and see what they're up to.

    That boy's been up to no good, I can tell from the look on his face.

    up to = doing or planning secretly; ready for mischief

    It's up to you to get to school on time.

    I don't care when you cut the grass. When you do it is up to you.

    It's up to you to keep the boy out of trouble.

    up to = facing as a duty; to be chosen or decided by; depending on

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: a few connotations of "up to"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The water in the pond was only up to John's knees. Ok

    Mary is small and just comes up to Bill's chest height.

    The shovel sank in the soft mud all the way up to the handle.

    up to = as far, as deep, or as high as

    The team did not play up to its best today.

    Because of the rain, the number of people at the party was not (didn't come) up to our expectations (the number we expected). (The meaning will be different with “up” joined with verb “come”)

    up to = close to; approaching

    Pick any number up to ten.

    There were up to eight fire engines at the fire.

    up to = as high as; not more than; as much or as many as

    Up to her fourth birthday, the baby slept in a crib.

    Up to now I always thought my wife was honest.

    We went swimming up to/till breakfast time.

    Up until last summer we always went to the beach for our vacation.

    up to = until; til

    We chose Harry to be captain because we thought he was up to the job.

    Mother is sick and not up to going out to the store.

    I'm not up to such hard work in this hot weather.

    Mother hasn't been up to much recently, while her leg was bad.

    I'm not up to going out tonight, I have a headache.

    up to = capable of; fit for; equal to; strong or well enough for Ok

    What are you up to with the matches, John? What have you been up to lately?

    Mrs. Watson was sure that the boys were up to no good, because they ran when they saw her coming.

    I'd better go into the children's room and see what they're up to.

    That boy's been up to no good, I can tell from the look on his face.

    up to = doing or planning secretly; ready for mischief=contriving

    It's up to you to get to school on time.

    I don't care when you cut the grass. When you do it is up to you.

    It's up to you to keep the boy out of trouble.

    up to = facing as a duty; to be chosen or decided by; depending on= responsibility of; incumbent upon


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All seem good.

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    Re: a few connotations of "up to"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    Because of the rain, the number of people at the party didn't live up to the number we expected.

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