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 '15 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 '15 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. – michael_timofeev Oct 12 '15 at 6:17

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. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Oct 12 '15 at 12:01
  • Good. What would be the right form if her skirt is loose and reaches to her knees? – aswaaks Oct 12 '15 at 14:39
  • If a skirt is falling down, you would say it's falling down (to her knees). – Ernest Friedman-Hill Oct 12 '15 at 15:13

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