'comes downstairs' or 'goes downstairs'?

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Tenacious Learner

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Spanish
Hi teachers,
Peter's mother is downstairs in the kitchen.
Mother: Peter, your jacket is on the chair in the kitchen. Can you hear me?
Peter: Yes, I can!
Peter comes/goes downstairs to the kitchen.
Mother: Good morning, Peter. It’s a little bit late, but have your breakfast.

My question:
After 'Yes, I can!' the narrator should say, 'Peter comes downstairs to the kitchen.' or 'Peter goes downstairs to the kitchen.'?
Aren't both of them correct, just from the point of view of the narrator?
For me, from his point of view, both are correct.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • perpend

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    American English
    That is a tenacious question. :)

    My preference would be "Peter comes downstairs to the kitchen", from the narrator's point of view.

    "goes" doesn't really fit for me, but it's not wrong.

    What I'd say is "Peter climbs down the stairs to the kitchen", or the like. That however, makes me look like a dinosaur. :)
     

    perpend

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    American English
    :)

    I don't want to change the verb, and/or meaning, but I'm envisioning stuff like this:

    Peter makes his way down the stairs.
    Peter trudges down the stairs.
     

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi Perpend,
    Thanks again for your comments and help.:)
    I think that when somebody climbs down the stairs they use both, hands and legs. Am I right?:rolleyes:

    TL
     

    perpend

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    Often there are guardrails on stairs, so you can use both hands and legs when climbing down a stairwell / stairsteps.

    You are giving me bad memories of my parents' farmhouse, but that's okay, and those are my issues. :)

    I am trying to help you in that "downstairs" in your OP isn't the most idiomatic, but it's not wrong.
     

    Tenacious Learner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi perpend,
    You are giving me bad memories of my parents' farmhouse, but that's okay, and those are my issues.

    I'm so sorry about that. I'm sure it happened long time ago.
    :)
    I am trying to help you in that "downstairs" in your OP isn't the most idiomatic, but it's not wrong.

    And you certainly did it.
    :thumbsup:

    TL
     
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