This one’s really a downer

Escalator to Down Only

X Escalator to Down Only

Tim says:

When you arrive at Down, what will you do there?

“Down” is not a place, so it’s strange to use it with “to”. Just like you can’t “go to shopping”, you can’t “go to down”. Often, “down” is an adverb, as in “this escalator is going down.” It can also be an adjective, as in “the down escalator.” You could use it either way to correct this sign:

O These escalators only go down O Down escalators only



X There is no elevator and escalator going down.


O There is no elevator or escalator going down.


O There is neither an elevator nor an escalator going down.