What is the difference between: He was walking along the street, and
He was walking down the street ?

  • "along" could easily mean parallel to... or on the side of the road. "down" to me would mean that they are physically on the road itself.
    – d'alar'cop
    Feb 1, 2014 at 17:30
  • possible duplicate of Up my street and down the lane Feb 1, 2014 at 18:23
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    @d'alar'cop: I don't think so. That would be alongside the road. Feb 1, 2014 at 18:24

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Actually both expression mean the same: a continuous movement on the road. In "along" is contained "long", so one may guess the idea is "(on) the length of the road" or in "along the river" "(on) the length beside the river". A verb of movement + down normally describes a mouvent from a higher point to a lower point. But it is also used for horizontal movement.

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