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    Default Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Can someone take a look at posts 4, 5 and 6? Jaskin is correct and I regret that I hadnīt seen his post before I submitted mine. I also understand fivejedjonīs amendment to my comment on emigration, but cannot see why my response is "wrong." Iīm sorry to seem so dense; will someone please explain ?
    You wrote: "They emigrated to Canada." No. You emigrate from a country.

    If the people left any country in the world except Canada, and moved to Canada, then the sentence They emigrated to Canada is correct. Therefore your response is wrong because it claims that the correct sentence is incorrect.

    Of course, if the sentence were written by a person in Canada, then we would expect immigrated. However, even then, emigrated is possible if the writer is focusing on the country of departure: They had been very happy in Ireland but, when they both lost their jobs and homes, they emigrated to Canada.

    You do indeed emigrate from a country, which may or may not be mentioned; at the same time you emigrate to another country, which may or may not be mentioned.

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    Default Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You wrote: "They emigrated to Canada." No. You emigrate from a country.

    If the people left any country in the world except Canada, and moved to Canada, then the sentence They emigrated to Canada is correct. Therefore your response is wrong because it claims that the correct sentence is incorrect.

    Of course, if the sentence were written by a person in Canada, then we would expect immigrated. However, even then, emigrated is possible if the writer is focusing on the country of departure: They had been very happy in Ireland but, when they both lost their jobs and homes, they emigrated to Canada.

    You do indeed emigrate from a country, which may or may not be mentioned; at the same time you emigrate to another country, which may or may not be mentioned.
    Thanks for clarifying this for me.

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    Default Re: immigrate vs emigrate vs migrate

    NOT A TEACHER.

    Maybe this will help you internalize the differences among "emigrate," immigrate," and "migrate."

    A emigrated from C.

    A immigrated to D.

    A migrated from C to D.

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