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Autor:  “Down by the River”
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Data:  25/ABR/2008 7:36 PM
Assunto:  Down by the river
 
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Neil Young had a very good (and quite long) song on his first album entitled “Down by the River” – a brilliant piece with superb guitaring – worth listening to

 

In that case, the meaning of down is as already described - simply referring to the fact that water collects at the lowest gravitational point – it therefore being natural that a river lies lower than the surrounding terrain, hence the logical and unsurprising use of “down”. 

 

A possible alternative meaning of ‘down’ refers to depression (of heart; spirit eg downhearted) – but it appears unlikely that ‘down’ is being used in this sense.

 

Preposition use in all varieties of English throws up examples and cases which are difficult to explain.  I imagine that is probably also a feature of most languages.

 

 

 

 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Down by the river   –  Angella  25/ABR/2008, 12:39 PM
Down by the river   –  Márcio Farias  25/ABR/2008, 12:55 PM
Down by the river   –  Dale/CR  25/ABR/2008, 12:59 PM
Down by the river   –  pat  26/ABR/2008, 10:38 AM
Down by the river   –  Dale/CR  26/ABR/2008, 1:44 PM
Down by the river   –  Cleber  25/ABR/2008, 2:07 PM
Down by the river   –  Breckenfeld  25/ABR/2008, 2:41 PM
Down by the river   –  LIMA  25/ABR/2008, 3:16 PM
 Down by the river   –  “Down by the River”  25/ABR/2008, 7:36 PM
Down by the river   –  MiltonHW  25/ABR/2008, 10:19 PM

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