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What movement does John make according to the sentence? This sentence is taken from a dictionary, which explains the usage of "go".

John went rushing off down the corridor.

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  • Do you have the name of the dictionary and a link to it? The more details you put in your question, the better it is. Jun 14, 2016 at 3:32
  • The specific movement would likely be a fast walk, not a run. (But it's open to interpretation.)
    – nnnnnn
    Jun 14, 2016 at 4:20
  • longman dictionary, ldoceonline.com/dictionary/go_1, thank you for your help.
    – cody
    Jun 14, 2016 at 4:47

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Possibly the best way to explain is with some practical examples:

Before I could warn him that the floor was wet, John went rushing off down the corridor and slipped over.

As soon as he heard that there were fresh doughnuts in the canteen, John went rushing off down the corridor to get some.

The phrase 'Hurried away' is generally interchangeable.

EDIT

In this context, down is the direction that John went. It's commonly used in English but ambiguous - you could, just as easily, have used 'up' or 'along'.

To 'rush off' is a phrasal verb meaning to hurry away.

Just to confuse things even further for the unfortunate learner, there is an alternative meaning for the phrasal verb 'rush off' meaning to be busy - I'm rushed off my feet today

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  • Thank you. why are there two adverb off, down, are they exactly used to describe movement, I am totally confused by them.
    – cody
    Jun 14, 2016 at 4:58
  • @cody down is the direction. It's commonly used in English but ambiguous - you could, just as easily, have used 'up' or 'along'. To 'rush off' is a phrasal verb meaning to hurry away. Just to confuse things even further for the unfortunate learner, there is an alternative meaning for the phrasal verb 'rush off' meaning to be busy - I'm rushed off my feet today.
    – PerryW
    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:09
  • @PerryW These would be good points to add to your answer.
    – user3169
    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:19
  • @user3169 Good suggestion - done
    – PerryW
    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:33
  • @PerryW - Interesting observation about the phrasal "rush off" - I've never heard that one in US English.
    – stangdon
    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:23

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