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Itasan



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:21 pm    Post subject: bottom of the stairs Reply with quote

"She paused at the bottom of the stairs."
I wonder where she paused.
On the last step or so? Or on the floor?

Thank you.
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markkarina



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:30 pm    Post subject: Stairs Reply with quote

This phrase means, as she was walking down the stairs she stop near or at the bottom because she was thinking of something. This thought caused her to "pause". The reason for the pause is the subject in the sentence and where she was on the stairs when she paused is not important.
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