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- Temperatures in Atlanta dropped to 11 degrees on Thursday morning; the city squeaked just one degree above freezing that afternoon.
I would like to ask if we can use 'up to' instead of 'to' in the above sentence or not.
- Temperatures in Atlanta dropped up to 11 degrees on Thursday morning; the city squeaked just one degree above freezing that afternoon.
I gather it sounds not OK because of the verb 'dropped.' What do you think?
Or "dropped by up to", as you've suggested.
This means that the temperature dropped by varying amounts in different places in Atlanta - eg. by 9, 10, 11 degrees, with 11 degrees being the largest drop.
The sentence means exactly what it says: the overnight low temperature in Atlanta was 11 degrees. The temperature didn't drop by 11 degrees, the recorded temperature was 11 degrees. ( Actually, as a side note, the official overnight low temperature in Atlanta that night (January 8) was 10 degrees.)
That's 11 F = -12 C. That's pretty low for Georgia. The high would have been 33 F = 1 C.
Must have been the night that the lights went out in Georgia....
if you catch the reference.