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    up and down

    Hi there,
    Both 'drive up' and 'drive down' means 'drive along', is that right? if yes, what is the difference between 'up and 'down'

    eg. We drove down the motorway as far as Bristol.

    By the way, is it correct to say
    I walked down the street?
    I walked up the street?

    many thanks

    pete


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    Re: up and down

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Both 'drive up' and 'drive down' means 'drive along', is that right? if yes, what is the difference between 'up and 'down'

    eg. We drove down the motorway as far as Bristol.

    By the way, is it correct to say
    I walked down the street?
    I walked up the street?

    many thanks

    pete
    Up and down are pretty well interchangeable with respect to streets. Walking on a hill is another matter, of course.

    Usually when we walk to the center of a city we are walking down a street....we are walking downtown. If there is a slight rise or fall to the street then we would use up or down respectfully.

    If we said, "John walked up and down the street searching for his lost pen.", then we would mean he walked the length of the street one way and reversed his direction and followed the street back to where he started.

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    Re: up and down

    Hi there,

    thanks a lot.
    If the place where I live is a flat land and the roads/streets are all flat, can I say like this:

    I walked downtown. OR
    I walked along the street. (instead of using 'up' and 'down')
    I drive along the road. (instead of using 'up' or 'down')

    The reason I ask is that in my mind, 'up' and 'down' means 'rise' and 'fall' to the street or road. So if the street or road is flat, we can use 'up' or 'down'. Am I right?


    Many thanks
    pete


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    Re: up and down

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    I walked downtown.
    [COLOR="rgb(255, 0, 255)"]As one word, downtown refers to a specific area of a city, usually the central business district.[/COLOR]

    I walked along the street. (instead of using 'up' and 'down')
    I drive along the road. (instead of using 'up' or 'down')
    [COLOR="rgb(255, 0, 255)"]Both are correct[/COLOR]
    The reason I ask is that in my mind, 'up' and 'down' means 'rise' and 'fall' to the street or road. So if the street or road is flat, we can still use 'up' or 'down'. Am I right?
    Yes


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    Re: up and down

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    thanks a lot.
    If the place where I live is a flat land and the roads/streets are all flat, can I say like this:

    I walked downtown. OR
    I walked along the street. (instead of using 'up' and 'down')
    I drive along the road. (instead of using 'up' or 'down')

    The reason I ask is that in my mind, 'up' and 'down' means 'rise' and 'fall' to the street or road. So if the street or road is flat, we can use 'up' or 'down'. Am I right?


    Many thanks
    pete
    Yes, this is a good alternative.

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    #6

    Re: up and down

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.
    But in my country, there are very few mountains and hills. Most of the streets and roads are flat. So can I still use 'walk down the street' or 'walk up the street' ?
    thanks
    pete

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    Re: up and down

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.
    But in my country, there are very few mountains and hills. Most of the streets and roads are flat. So can I still use 'walk down the street' or 'walk up the street' ?
    thanks
    pete
    Hi Pete,
    In my experience, hills aside, one walks up a street as the house/building numbers increase and down a street as the house/building numbers decrease. That said, I would use "up" to describe someone walking towards me or something specific and "down" to describe someone walking away from me or something specific. It appears that context is important here!
    Fiona

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