Can you explain to me why author have used word "lower" instead of "low". The text is:

I was too far away to see anyone, so I parked behind a big rock at the base of the mountain, left my helmet there, and hurried into the tall grass. The trees were about 200 yards away when I ducked and ran lower to the ground.

Is that correct to tell "ran lower to the ground"?.

  • If you ran lower to the ground, the implication is that someone else (or perhaps you, previously) ran "higher". If you ran low, that implication is weaker or non-existent (you just that way at that time, with no element of "comparison" to anything else). Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 16:34

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By ducking (meaning to crouch down), they are running lower than they would be when running in a normal position. "Lower" is used to compare the ducking run to a normal run. Either could work and I would say they could be interchangeable in this instance.

  • Exactly. Whatever height they were running at in relation to the ground before, they started to run lower than that. Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 19:47

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