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    When he was in America he made a journey of several miles _______ (by chance, on purpose, in turn) to see Yellowstone National Park.

    The given answer is 'on purpose'. Is the answer suitable for the sentence?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: a journey on purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    When he was in America he made a journey of several miles _______ (by chance, on purpose, in turn) to see Yellowstone National Park.

    The given answer is 'on purpose'. Is the answer suitable for the sentence?

    Thank you in advance.
    If someone is undertaking a journey of several miles, it has to be with some purpose, some mission that means he set out some target or objective, not by chance or in turn

    Not a teachher hope it helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    If someone is undertaking a journey of several miles, it has to be with some purpose, some mission that means he set out some target or objective, not by chance or in turn

    Not a teachher hope it helps
    Thanks a lot, new2grammar. But isn't 'on purpose' redundant here? We need only say 'make a journey of several miles to see the park' . Am I right?
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks a lot, new2grammar. But isn't 'on purpose' redundant here? We need only say 'make a journey of several miles to see the park' . Am I right?
    Thanks again.
    ya that's right.
    But we have to choose from the given options. Had it been options / no options then we should haven selected NO OPTION

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    Default Re: a journey on purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    When he was in America he made a journey of several miles _______ (by chance, on purpose, in turn) to see Yellowstone National Park.

    The given answer is 'on purpose'. Is the answer suitable for the sentence?

    Thank you in advance.
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    I'd leave it blank. He made the journey to see the park. What was the purpose? To see the park. No need for additional words.

    To write "He made a journey on purpose to see the park" is not at all natural where I live. I disagree with the answer in the book, though (perhaps a BrE speaker will chime in) perhaps this use of "on purpose" is more common elsewhere.

    We DO say "You did that on purpose!" which means "You intended to do that." It's the sort of thing one child might say to another if the first steps on the second one's foot "accidentally" (but actually, intending to).

    For this use of "on purpose" to work, it needs more context.
    A: "Oh, so you happened to be in the part of the country?"
    B: "No, I made the trip on purpose to see the park."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: a journey on purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    When he was in America he made a journey of several miles _______ (by chance, on purpose, in turn) to see Yellowstone National Park.

    The given answer is 'on purpose'. Is the answer suitable for the sentence?

    Thank you in advance.
    No, an appropriate answer would be "in order".
    There are no correct choices there for standard English.

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