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‘Down’ as an adverb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Down’ as an adverb.


The rebel prisoners were sent down to Cape Town for trial.

From ‘The Great Boer War’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“Yes,” said Fanny, in a faint voice, and looking down with fresh shame.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“Jane, your little feet are bare; lie down and cover yourself with my quilt.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


Our joint weight brought the boat down, so low, that she shipped a good deal of water.

From ‘Ned Myers’, by James Fenimore Cooper.

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I began to scramble up the hill, crying out, “The murderer! the murderer!”

From ‘Kidnapped!’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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