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    lower down the stream

    Hello.

    I've got a sentence, 'Robin waded out, lower down the stream'.

    Is it accurate? Is it colloquial or it is rather formal? The problem is I haven't come across the structure like that so far, or at least I don't remember about it. Especially, I've confused with 'lower' used in the line. Could you please rewrite it in a simpler way or give me some explanations? I think the problem is about I can't recognise the meaning of 'lower' in this context.


    Dear teachers, I would be grateful if you would right my writing.

    Yours sincerely, Alex.

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    Re: lower down the stream

    A river flows from A, through B, C and D, until it enters the sea at E.

    B, C, D and E are downstream of/from A; C, D and E are downstream of/from B; etc.
    A, B, C and D are upstream of E; A, B and C are upstream of/from D; etc.

    If you are at C, and Robin wades into the river at D, he is downstream of you, or lower down the river.

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