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    Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    I am wondering about the phrase " the wide theatre stairs." Is it correct to say "the wide theatre stairs or should it be "the wide stairs leading to the theatre?


    1. Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs .
    2. Bob sat at the bottom of the wide stairs leading to the theatre.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    It depends on where the stairs are. Your second sentence can refer only to the stairs which lead to the theatre. Your first sentence could also refer to a flight of stairs inside the theatre.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

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    This is where the problem is. I meant to describe the wide stairs outside the theatre, but I don't know which noun in English denotes wide stairs which are outside.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    If they are outside, they are steps, not stairs.

    Bob sat on the steps outside/of the theatre.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    So I should write like this:

    1. Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre steps
    2. Bob sat at the bottom of the wide steps leading to the theatre.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    In 1. I want to remove wide. I think people would probably automatically imagine that the steps were wide. And steps of the theatre is better than theatre steps.

    In 2. don't use leading to. The way I imagine your picture, the steps are a part of the theatre. Maybe they lead up to the entrance, but not to the theatre.

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    Re: Bob sat at the bottom of the wide theatre stairs

    Ah, I was picturing either a flight of stairs inside the actual theatre itself, ie inside the auditorium, where the seats and the stage are, or a flight of stairs inside the building leading, say, from the lobby or the bar to the auditorium.

    I agree that if they were outside, they would be steps, not stairs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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