When do the English say 'Up the street' and when 'Down the street'?
- Sally AnneLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
It is strange to understand. It depends on which way the person saying is sees the street. They think of one way as up and one way as down.
So on the down they say 'John lives down the street.'
It is just one of those strange things. Hard to explain really.
Tell you a joke: Did you know it only rain 'up' in Scotland.
The above is because Scotland is up going north from England.
- olgreybuzzardLv 61 decade ago
It comes from the house numbers which rise (1-3-5-7 etc) as you go up the street and decrease (50-48-46-44 etc ) as you go down the street, if you enter from the other end.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I would say up the street is toward house or building no. 1
- HilaryLv 61 decade ago
Wow, I haven't heard 'Up the street' since my gran was alive and that's like 50 years ago. She said it when she was going shopping, that's the only time. Down the street doesn't ring a bell.
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- 1 decade ago
normally i think it is north/south, but really i have no idea, we all just know which is which !
- knownoutLv 71 decade ago
or road .. usually if it is on a slope or hill.