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mcurrent
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:49:01 AM

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Hi.
I have the text:

My heart pounded as we raced for the stairs. Water gushed through the canyon while we clawed our way to the metal railing. Griffin helped me up, and I used the rails to jump two steps at a time. Bryce bounded to the steps just as a surge of water whashed past us.

What does "bounded to the steps" mean? Which is correct:
1) bounded on the steps;
2) bounded near the steps.

Thanks in advance.
pjharvey
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:57:33 AM
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Bounded towards the steps.
sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:23:21 AM
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mcurrent wrote:
Hi.
I have the text:

My heart pounded as we raced for the stairs. Water gushed through the canyon while we clawed our way to the metal railing. Griffin helped me up, and I used the rails to jump two steps at a time. Bryce bounded to the steps just as a surge of water whashed past us.

What does "bounded to the steps" mean? Which is correct:
1) bounded on the steps;
2) bounded near the steps.

Thanks in advance.

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It seems to me that the query has been raised because the meaning of the verb "bounded" is not clear.In the given sentence "bounded" means "ran with leaping strides". The preposition "to" is used to express a motion in the direction of a particular location (in this case "steps"). In this sentence, Bryce ran with leaping strides in the direction of the steps. The prepositions "on" and "near" are not used to convey this sense.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 2:21:25 AM

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Yes - he probably bounded to the steps, then bounded up the steps. The speaker definitely bounded up the steps - "I used the rails to jump two steps at a time."


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thar
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 8:48:56 AM

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But presumably the first person narrator could only see him as he ran to the steps.
Since the narrator was himself climbing the steps, presumably once the other person reached them he was behind him out out of sight.
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Squawk Box
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:38:39 PM

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mcurrent wrote:
Hi.
I have the text:

My heart pounded as we raced for the stairs. Water gushed through the canyon while we clawed our way to the metal railing. Griffin helped me up, and I used the rails to jump two steps at a time. Bryce bounded to the steps just as a surge of water washed past us.

What does "bounded to the steps" mean? Which is correct:
1) bounded on the steps;
2) bounded near the steps.

Thanks in advance.


To bound is, "to move forward by leaps and springs"; so he is running with all of his might, to escape the water. They bounded to the steps, and it is is likely, that they bounded UP the steps too.Angel

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