Student or Learner
I am a non-native teacher who teaches English for middle school students in Korea.
I have a question.
This is an excerpt from an English textbook.
May 19 No More Elevators!
Today was my first day as a Green Kid. I started my first project day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I felt great because my small effort saved electricity. The only problem is that my apartment is on the 15th floor. I guess I'd better not go out too often.
In the sentence "I started my first project day by taking the stiars insted of the elevator." is it possible to use "the elevators" or "an elevator" instead of "the elevator"? Are these appropriate substitutes for "the elevator" ? If not, can I ask you the reason? The exceprt is all the context I have.
Thank you in advance!
No, "the elevator" is the correct term. It parallels "the stairs" (grammatically, not physically). You don't need to be specific about the elevator any more than you need to say "one of the sets of stairs they have" or "a set of stairs". It's obvious what's meant.
In Australia, we call an elevator a 'lift'. But everyone understands 'elevator'.