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    Back Up To

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    "The kitchen stove backs up to the same chimney used by the front room heating stove."

    Does "back up to" mean the stove, as habitual repetitions, moves backward towards the chimney?


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    Re: Back Up To

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    It means the stove sits with its back to the chimney.

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    Re: Back Up To

    Would "stove backs to...." be also the same as "stove backs UP to..."?

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    Re: Back Up To

    Quote Originally Posted by salute View Post
    Would "stove backs to...." be also the same as "stove backs UP to..."?
    In BrE, no. We might say "... the stove backs on to the chimney". We use the construction in things like "My house backs on to acres of open land".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Back Up To

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    You could just put it this way:
    "The back of the kitchen stove rests against the same chimney used by the living room heating stove."

    Also, we have the word "abut", but it's mostly used for land or buildings:
    "Our saw mill abuts a residential area, so we are only allowed to operate from 8 to 6 on weekdays."

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    Re: Back Up To

    So, in "the stove backs up to the chimney...", the "up" has hidden meanings?

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    Re: Back Up To

    Quote Originally Posted by salute View Post
    So, in "the stove backs up to the chimney...", the "up" has hidden meanings?
    No hidden meaning. It means what has already been explained.

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    Re: Back Up To

    Would these two be different?

    1 "The land backs to a lake."
    2 "The land backs up to a lake."

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    Re: Back Up To

    Quote Originally Posted by salute View Post
    Would these two be different?

    1 "The land backs to a lake."
    2 "The land backs up to a lake."
    The first is incorrect.

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