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Offline azz

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aside... to the side... sideways
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:47:52 am »
Are
'step aside'
and
'step to the side'
both used when one takes a step to clear the path for someone else.

Is there a difference between them?

Could one use either one instead of;
'take a step sideways'
if there is no one else to clear the path for?

Many Thanks.

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Re: aside... to the side... sideways
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 09:43:33 am »
'Step aside' would be the usual expression, especially when it is delivered in an authoratative tone. You may also hear 'stand aside' or 'make way'.

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Re: aside... to the side... sideways
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2013, 10:25:15 am »
Thank you very much Darryl.

So 'step to the side' does not mean anything?

And can I say 'I take a step sideways' or 'I take a sideways step' when I move take a step not to the front, nor to the back, but to the side (regardless of whether I am getting out of someone's way or not).

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Re: aside... to the side... sideways
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2013, 10:35:11 am »
A sideways step can also refer to employment. It means moving to a new job but at the same level - ie no promotion.
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Re: aside... to the side... sideways
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 06:57:12 am »
And can I say 'I take a step sideways' or 'I take a sideways step' when I move take a step not to the front, nor to the back, but to the side (regardless of whether I am getting out of someone's way or not).

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Yes, you can. Perhaps you would like to provide us with a full sentence indicating your intended use. It's much easier to determine appropriate usage in context.