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  1. Marina Gaidar's Avatar
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    Look down on smb or look down at smb

    "Nestor looked down at him" (here I mean that Nestor stood higher). "Nestor looked down on him" (here I mean that Nestor treated him as rubbish). Am I right?

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    Re: Look down on smb or look down at smb

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    "Nestor looked down at him" (here I mean that Nestor stood higher). "Nestor looked down on him" (here I mean that Nestor treated him as rubbish). Am I right?
    It depends on the context. "I stood on the mountain and looked down on the valley", This doesn't mean that I thought any less of the valley. "He looked down on the workers" - this could mean that he felt superior to the workers, or, that he was physically above the workers.

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