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    Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Hi
    Could you help me please? Imagine you're describing a photo and you want to say the right corner on the top or the left corner at the bottom, can we say the right up corner or the left bottom corner? Like the car that we can say the right front door. Are there any other ways to describe it?
    Thanks a bunch.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    The lower right corner. The lower left corner. The upper left corner. The upper right corner.

    (I see a lot of people say "hand" - the upper righthand corner. I've never understood the need for this.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    The 'hand' is sometimes apparent in the abbreviations RHC and LHC - presumably because of the tendency towards the use of TLAs. Similarly, in the description of an internal combustion engine, the middle point of the rotation of the crankshaft is called 'TDC' - top dead centre.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The 'hand' is sometimes apparent in the abbreviations RHC and LHC - presumably because of the tendency towards the use of TLAs. Similarly, in the description of an internal combustion engine, the middle point of the rotation of the crankshaft is called 'TDC' - top dead centre.

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    So is it natural to say the woman on the top right corner or the one on the bottom left corner while describing the photo? I mean can we use the italic phrases instead of the upper right corner or the lower left corner (that was already mentioned by Barb-D) interchangeably?
    Thanks a bunch.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Yes. In fact, what would come naturally to my lips is 'bottom/top right/left hand corner', but people here (UK) do say 'upper/lower' sometimes (although it's poaaibly more common in Am E),. And I agreed with Barb about 'hand' being redundant (it's just that redundancy in language often happens - and it does happen in my idiolect). So I left it unsaid.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    So is it natural to say the woman on the top right corner
    It would be "in" the corner of a photograph, rather than "on", in natural BrEng.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Likewise with "in."

    I agree that "top right corner" or "bottom left corner" is just as natural to hear as "upper" and "lower" but my personal inclination is to say "lower" instead of "bottom."
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    Re: Is it correct to say "the right down corner"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    It would be "in" the corner of a photograph, rather than "on", in natural BrEng.
    The subject is in the photograph and the coffee stain is on the photograph.

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