Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 2
    #1

    Cool diference between up and down the aisle

    What is the difference between 'It is down the aisle 10' and ' It is up the aisle 10'? These sentences are used when explaining location of product in supermarkets. Somebody help me to understand them please

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: diference between up and down the aisle

    There is no difference in this use. I can say "go down the aisle" or "go up the aisle."

    I think it's more likely someone would say something was in aisle 12.

    Welcome to the board.

  2. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 2
    #3

    Smile Re: diference between up and down the aisle

    Thank you. I suspected that there was no difference, just needed to be sure. I usually hear 'on the aisle 16', not 'in the aisle 16'. Is it possible that one of these form is better or more proper? I would like to add that I live in the south east area of England.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #4

    Re: diference between up and down the aisle

    There are differences in prepositions used between American and British Englishes in many cases. This may be one of those cases. I would certainly expect to hear "in."

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,456
    #5

    Re: diference between up and down the aisle

    I thought this was going to be a wedding question.

    Entering the church a bride is said to walk down the aisle.

    But that's the answer to a question nobody asked.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Aug-2011 at 22:07.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #6

    Re: diference between up and down the aisle

    I would use "in" as well, in this context. I would also like to add that I would exclude the article from your sentence.

    "It's in aisle 7", not "It's in the aisle 7".

    I would only expect someone to use "up/down" if they were telling you which way to walk to get there:

    "Go down aisle 15 to the middle, then turn right then go down aisle 7 and the cakes are at the far end near the biscuits."

    Whether you use up or down would depend on where you were standing in the supermarket when having the conversation.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2009, 13:46
  2. Is there any diference?
    By Devil's tear in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-Apr-2008, 13:34
  3. What is the diference about any and some?
    By sgtbreitner in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Sep-2007, 01:44
  4. what is the diference?
    By puca1986 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Jul-2006, 17:51
  5. diference?
    By ieasy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-May-2006, 03:36

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •