out , up , down ?

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billy

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hello,
could you possibly tell me how to use out, up , down properly in the sentences below:

going down the street
going up the street
this is the first time I came down here
look at the car out there
come up to me
come down to me

and there's more, what are the differences between out there, down there and over there?

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Up\down a street are basically the same unless the street slopes.


look at the car out there This just means the car is outside and the speaker indoors

come up to me
come down to me
To me these depend on position. I'd use'come up'if I were physically higher (floor in an apartment building) or further north.
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thank you for the explanation

but there's more below:

I can't believe you would actually ask her up here

do you think putting down here there in the sentence above is good as well ?If yes, which one is better ?


look forward to hearing from you .
 

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I can't believe you would actually ask her up here = invite her to this place

do you think putting down here there in the sentence above is good as well ?If yes, which one is better ?


Tricky. It is suggesting that it is better to write 'here' in the sentence is OK and whether it is as good as or better than 'there'. ;-)
 

billy

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I really appreciate your help!

There's a little more , what about these two sentences below:

1, he came down to help us
2, he came up to me asking why I'm doing this



how can you tell using "down " or " up " ?



thank you for your time in advance . :)
 

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Often we can use them in the same context - go up\down the main street and it is on the left. With your examples, the first could use either, but in the second 'come upto someone' means toapproach, so I wouldn't use 'down' there. ;-)
 

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You're welcome. ;-)
 
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