Thread: Up, Down and over

1. Up, Down and over

Can you help me with those commonly used idomatic expressions?

• They walk up to find their seat / why can’t we say “they walk down the aisle to find their seat” ?
• They walk down the passage way (?) Could we not say: “the walk up the passage way”?
• The cars are driving down the snowy street . Could we not say: “the cars are driving up the snowy street? (In cases where the street is neither going up nor down)
• She walks up to the front door. Could we not say:
a)“She walks down to the front door”? or
b) "She walks over to the front door" ?

2. Re: Up, Down and over

Originally Posted by Gilles L
Can you help me with those commonly used idomatic expressions?

• They walk up to find their seat / why can’t we say “they walk down the aisle to find their seat” ? We can.
• They walk down the passage way (?) Could we not say: “the walk up the passage way”? Yes.
• The cars are driving down the snowy street . Could we not say: “the cars are driving up the snowy street? (In cases where the street is neither going up nor down) Yes, we could.
• She walks up to the front door. Could we not say:

a)“She walks down to the front door”? or
b) "She walks over to the front door"? Yes, we could.
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3. Re: Up, Down and over

Would it carry the same meaning whether we say "up" or "down"?

• They walk up to find their seat / why can’t we say “they walk down the aisle to find their seat” ? We can.--¨.Does it have the same meaning?
• They walk down the passage way (?) Could we not say: “the walk up the passage way”? Yes. Does it have the same meaning?
• The cars are driving down the snowy street . Could we not say: “the cars are driving up the snowy street? (In cases where the street is neither going up nor down) Yes, we could. Does it have the same meaning?
• She walks up to the front door. Could we not say:
a)“She walks down to the front door”? or
b) "She walks over to the front door"? Yes, we could. Does it have the same meaning?

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