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    #1

    climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    When he is going upstairs. Which one of these can we use with the word "climbing".

    He was climbing upstairs.
    He was climbing up the stairs.

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    #2

    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    It's more natural to write He was climbing the stairs.
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    #3

    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    I agree with GS, but for me, your first version is better:

    'He was going upstairs'.

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    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    It's good to hear from you Rover. Yes, it is always grammatical and natural to say, "he was going upstairs", but I was looking for the answer when we use the word "climbing".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-May-2016 at 09:19.

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    #5

    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    "He is going upstairs" do not mean he is using the staircase. He could be using the lift or escalator.
    You could also say: he is going up the stairs. I would use "climbing" if it is a long flight of stairs which is a challenge to climb.
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    #6

    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "He is going upstairs" do not mean he is using the staircase. He could be using the lift or escalator.
    You could also say: he is going up the stairs. I would use "climbing" if it is a long flight of stairs which is a challenge to climb.
    Now, this is a more descriptive answer for which I would really like to appreciate tedmc. However, I'd like confirmation from the native speakers about the followings.

    He is going upstairs. (may mean either he is using an escalator or staircase).
    He is going up the stairs. (I think it only means he is using the staircase, correct me if I am wrong).
    He is climbing the stairs. (When there are an awful lot of stairs to climb that can run you out of your breath when you reach the top floor).

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    #7

    Re: climbing upstairs, climbing up the stairs.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "He is going upstairs" does not mean he is using the staircase. He could be using the lift or escalator..
    We normally understand 'He is going upstairs' to mean that he is indeed using the staircase. This is particularly true if we are in a normal two-storey house, very few of which have lifts or escalators.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-May-2016 at 14:03.

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