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    on a lower level while climbing

    Which are correct:

    1-John and Harry were taking a fridge up the stairs. John was behind Harry.


    2-John and Harry were taking a fridge up the stairs. John was below Harry.


    3-John and Harry were taking a fridge up the stairs. John was further down than Harry.

    4-John and Harry were taking a fridge up the stairs. John was on a lower level than Harry.


    5-John and Harry were taking a fridge up the stairs. Harry was above John.


    Since they are climbing the stairs, being behind means being on a lower level.

    I think all of the sentences could be considered grammaticaly correct, but I wanted to know which would be natural in this context.

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    Re: on a lower level while climbing

    Both N 3 and N 4 seem awkward to me.
    As you mention, behind works only because they are on stairs.
    Have you considered using "beneath"?
    What about "John was a couple of steps below Harry"?

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    Re: on a lower level while climbing

    Thanks John Paris,

    So "below" and "above" are the right solutions, but you suggest that "a few steps" be mentioned?

    I think that description is much more precise and in a way less abstract.

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    Re: on a lower level while climbing

    Above and below are fine in this context.
    If you find my suggestion of "a few steps above (or below)" to be less abstract, then all the better!

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    Re: on a lower level while climbing

    Thanks John.

    Yes, I do not think they are essential (I hope I am not wrong!) but they give a more vivid picture of what was going on.

    Gratefully
    Navi

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