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Hey all,

Take a look at that:

LONGMAN Dictionary of Contemporary English:

down 1, adverb
at or to a place that is not far away: She's just gone down to the shops. I saw her down at the station this morning.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

down (DISTANT) adverb
used, especially with prepositions, to emphasize that a place is distant from you or from somewhere considered to be central: I'll meet you down at the club after work. He has a house down by the harbour. I'm going down to the shop to buy some milk.

Don't you think these two definitions contradict each other a little? Which one is to be trusted then?

Michal

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Heavens! Could you edit out all this HTML?
Sorry for that! What's more I initially gave you a wrong entry but now it's correct.

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you still have <p> and <b> and other stuff
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Take a look at that:

LONGMAN Dictionary of Contemporary English:
down 1, adverb
at or to a place that is not far away:
She's just gone down to the shops. I saw her down at the station this morning.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary:
down (DISTANT) adverb
used, especially with prepositions, to emphasize that a place is distant from you or from somewhere considered to be central:
I'll meet you down at the club after work.
He has a house down by the harbour.
I'm going down to the shop to buy some milk.

Don't you think these two definitions contradict each other a little? Which one is to be trusted then?
It's mostly over there in that place, thus some distance.
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Thanks a lot! And sorry for that hassle earlier. It was due to my poor web browser. Emotion: indifferent
Strangely, I find neither of these capture the idea well, except for the word "central" in the second definition.
I think "down" is added to indicate that the location in question (shops, station, harbour, club, ...) is, in some vague sense, a center of activity (other than "here"). It can be omitted. (I'll meet you at the club.)

CJ