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Hi guys,

I have just very short question, actually, I just want an confirmation. Context: Two guys met each other in a very long hallway. One of them said to the other one: "I can see from down there that you're not shaved. " He was looking directly on him when he said it.

Please is he saying:

1) I can see from the end of the hall that you're not shaved????

or just

2) Even from there I'm able to see that you're not shaved????

or

3) I can see from down the hall that you're not shaved???

thanks in advance

Best Regards

JCD
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It seems to be a rather illogical way of saying "I can see that you're not shaved even though you're 'down there' (i.e. some distance away)".

"(up/down) here" means "where I am" and "(down/up) there" means "where you are". The speaker isn't seeing "from there", he's seeing "from here", so it should IMO be "I can see from (up/down) here that you're not shaved." The "from down there" version is the sort of thing I might accidentally say in conversation (having in mind that it's "down there" that he is, unshaved)

If there's no obvious difference in elevation then this sort of idiomatic use of "up" and "down" to refer to relative positons is often very fluid and context-dependent, or simply arbitrary. It's the same kind of deal with "up the street" and "down the street".
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great, thx.

Best Regards