Consider this expression

This gift is from the guy who sits diagonal to me.

Is using diagonal correct here or should I use something else?

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    If you really want to be idiomatic about it, you could say "this gift is from the guy who sits kitty-corner to me." – Hellion Apr 3 '13 at 15:20

It would be more usual to say diagonally opposite.

  • +1. Also "This gift is the guy who is diagonally across from me". – Matt Apr 3 '13 at 15:16
  • @thor: If I were in a classroom setting, I might be inclined to say "diagonally across" if the individual where next to me and up one row. I would be more inclined to say "diagonally opposite" if I was sitting in one corner of the room and the subject was in the opposite corner. I don't really have a good sense of where the dividing line between the two choices would be. – horatio Apr 3 '13 at 17:52

Diagonal is an adjective or a noun; it is not used as adverb. You should use diagonally, as in the following sentence:

The gift is from the guy who sits diagonally opposite me.

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