Help me reword "ascend a [horizontal] walkway" so it is correct.
April 20, 2011 2:56 PM Subscribe
Can you "ascend" a horizontal "walkway"? No? Then how does one describe this action in a single word?
posted by phonebia to Writing & Language (26 answers total)
I am revising a story for a friend. My friend writes that a character "ascends a walkway." He means that the character starts at the sidewalk and walks across a flat plane to the front door of a house. I think the wording is incorrect because, "ascend" is a vertical movement, while the "walkway" in question is a horizontal plane.
1) Am I right?
2) Much more importantly, what is a single English word that describes this action??
This seems ridiculously simple to me, yet despite racking my brain/beating up Google, I cannot find an answer. This may be due to over-excitement on my friend's behalf because the rest of the piece is holymolynearlyperfectrightthereonthecusp but okay HALP.