Can anybody tell me the difference between the following sentences ?

  1. Her skirt goes down to her knees .
  2. Her skirt comes down to her knees .


  • Sentence 2 takes her knees as your point of view.
    – Greg Lee
    Oct 12, 2015 at 5:16
  • In general the bottom of something goes down whereas the top of it comes down. At least that's my take on it.
    – TomMcW
    Oct 12, 2015 at 5:30
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    Without the context, this can't be answered. They both mean the same thing, for one of two cases. Either the length of her skirt reaches her knees, or her skirt as a unit drops to her knees. Oct 12, 2015 at 6:17

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Sentence 1 indicates the length of her skirt that is up to her knees. Sentence 2 implies that her skirt moves down to her knees. It may be very loose!

  • I don't think that's right. They can absolutely both have the first meaning. Oct 12, 2015 at 12:01
  • Good. What would be the right form if her skirt is loose and reaches to her knees?
    – aswaaks
    Oct 12, 2015 at 14:39
  • If a skirt is falling down, you would say it's falling down (to her knees). Oct 12, 2015 at 15:13

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