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Dear Ted:

What does "He could FALL UP the stairs" mean?

Also, is it grammatically correct to write/say, "He could FALL DOWN the stairs"?

If so, is there any difference between the two above sentences/examples?

Again, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

What does "He could FALL UP the stairs" mean?

*** If someone is climbing a staircase and trips on one of the steps, he would fall FORWARD, which is UP.

Also, is it grammatically correct to write/say, "He could FALL DOWN the stairs"?

*** YES

If so, is there any difference between the two above sentences/examples?

*** The only difference is the direction in which he falls.

Ted

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