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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:27:16 AM
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Hi,

What does "go up to" mean in the following? How does it differ from a simple "go to"? Could you find the meaning "go up to" in the dictionary?

Another example of 'is anything to go by' could be: you're standing on a station platform, you're looking at your watch, the train is late, you go up to a guard and say: 'When is the next train to London?' And the guard might say, 'Well, if previous trains are anything to go by, it will be half an hour late', meaning that his previous experience of the trains running late is about thirty minutes.


I'd appreciate your help.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 10:53:48 AM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

What does "go up to" mean in the following? How does it differ from a simple "go to"? Could you find the meaning "go up to" in the dictionary?

Another example of 'is anything to go by' could be: you're standing on a station platform, you're looking at your watch, the train is late, you go up to a guard and say: 'When is the next train to London?' And the guard might say, 'Well, if previous trains are anything to go by, it will be half an hour late', meaning that his previous experience of the trains running late is about thirty minutes.


I'd appreciate your help.


"go up to" is an idiom. It has the same meaning as "go to" someone, but the "up" that is used serves as an intensifier, and conveys the idea of getting close to the other person, as opposed to standing some distance away.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:18:23 PM

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you go up to a guard = you approach a guard
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