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    Post Improve To, Go Up To

    Suppose Michael used to live in a small house and then he bought a bigger house:

    "He improved to a bigger house."
    "He went up to a bigger house."

    Are these slangy, because they seem to be used in conversations but not writing? A person is not a house. Those two sentences seem to suggest a person changed to a house.

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    Re: Improve To, Go Up To

    Quote Originally Posted by FrontEnd View Post
    Suppose Michael used to live in a small house and then he bought a bigger house:

    "He improved to a bigger house."
    "He went up to a bigger house."

    Are these slangy, because they seem to be used in conversations but not writing? A person is not a house. Those two sentences seem to suggest a person changed to a house.
    You would seldom/never hear that action expressed that way in AmE, although "moved up to" or simply "moved to" is possible.

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    Re: Improve To, Go Up To

    sports.yahoo.com/news/belarus-shot-putter-stripped-olympic-110549755--oly.html

    "Adams was bumped up from Olympic silver to gold, with Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia upgraded to silver and fourth-place finisher Gong Lijiao of China moved up to bronze."

    Does the same rule apply to this?

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