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    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" ?

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    Re: Up, Down and over

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    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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    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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