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lower down

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:46 am
by paracompact
It was a very strange hole. Alice was falling very slowly, and she had time to think and to look around her. She could see nothing below her because it was so dark. But when she looked at the sides of the hole, she could see cupboards and books and pictures on the walls. She had time to take things out of a cupboard, look at them, and then put them back in a cupboard lower down.

(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Oxford Bookworms Library)
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[QUESTION 1] What is the part of speech of lower?

[QUESTION 2] What is the part of speech of down?

Re: lower down

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:45 am
by Safari
The whole phrase "lower down" acts as an adverb.

Re: lower down

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:41 pm
by Safari
Individually:

1. lower can be an adjective, an adverb and a verb
2. down can be an adverb, a preposition, an adjective, a verb and a noun

Re: lower down

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:56 pm
by paracompact
Safari wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:45 am
The whole phrase "lower down" acts as an adverb.
Thank you very much, Safari. :-D

Do you think the following analysis is correct?

In "and then put them back in a cupboard lower down",
1) lower is an adverb.
2) down is an adverb.
3) lower modifies down.
4) lower down is an adverb phrase.
5) lower down modifies cupboard.