# A flight of steps?

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#### jamal mohammed

##### Member
Hello,
I would like to know what does the expression"a flight of steps" mean in the sentence "I followed him up in aflight of steps." thanks for your help.

• #### elroy

##### Imperfect mod
jamal mohammed said:
Hello,
I would like to know what does the expression"a flight of steps" mean in the sentence "I followed him up in aflight of steps." thanks for your help.
It means "a staircase."

Are you sure the sentence is correct, though? I would have said "I followed him up a flight of steps/stairs."

#### VenusEnvy

##### Senior Member
A flight of steps is a group of steps.

This picture shows one flight of steps.
This picture shows two flights of steps.
This picture shows three flights of steps.

Is this clear?....

##### Senior Member
A flight of steps is a continuous run of steps between landings. So if you go up 10 steps, come to a straight flat area for awhile, and then climb another 10 steps, you have gone up 2 flights of steps. Inside a building the landing is often the area where the stairs change directions. So you go up one flight of steps in one direction, turn at the landing, and go up another flight of steps in the opposite direction. Did that make sense?

#### Rach404

##### Member
I wouldn't say a flight of steps, I say a flight of stairs.

#### RoyP

##### New Member
A flight of stairs. A single flight of steps or stair would be a single block of stairs (usually less than 20), large runs of steps will often be divided into multiple flights with large flat areas in between in order to match the desired incline.

#### Egmont

##### Senior Member
I wouldn't say a flight of steps, I say a flight of stairs.
The same in AE. "A flight of stairs" sounds much more natural to me than "a flight of steps," even though their literal meaning is the same.

#### sound shift

##### Senior Member
I would call it a flight of steps if it was outdoors and a flight of stairs if it was indoors.

#### Parla

##### Member Emeritus
I would call it a flight of steps if it was outdoors and a flight of stairs if it was indoors.

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