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    up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Hi,

    In the subway (metro) in St.Petersburg and Moscow there are escalators which take people from stations to the surface of the ground and in the opposite direction. Can we say this as follows:

    1) One of the escalators travels up/upward/upwards

    2) The other escalator travels down/downward/downwards

    Thanks

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    I would simply say that one of them goes up and the other goes down.

    When I was a child, I used to say "upscalator" and "downscalator". Those are not proper English words, by the way, but I thought I was a terribly clever four-year-old when I made them up!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Thanks. Nevertheless what do you think about my options? Are they grammatically correrct and if so do they make sense?

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks. Nevertheless what do you think about my options? Are they grammatically correrct and if so do they make sense?
    None of them is natural. The escalator does not travel anywhere.

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    If I say

    1) One of the escalators moves up/upward/upwards

    2) The other escalator moves down/downward/downwards

    will the sentences make sense?

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    If I say

    1) One of the escalators moves up/upward/upwards

    2) The other escalator moves down/downward/downwards

    will the sentences make sense?
    They would be understandable, but unnatural.

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Escalators don't move anywhere.

    As ems said, we can say that they go up or down; we can say that a road goes uphill.

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    Re: up/upward/upwards - down/downward/downwards

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    If I say

    1) One of the escalators moves up/upward/upwards

    2) The other escalator moves down/downward/downwards

    will the sentences make sense?
    Don't forget that an escalator is a continuous loop. Whilst you're standing on the bit taking you up, out of sight underneath your feet the rest of it is going back down.

    Rover

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