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    Default get back to x go back to

    I've got to get back to studying.
    I've got to go back to studying.
    Any difference in meaning between the two sentences? If not, which one is more common in everyday English?

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    Default Re: get back to x go back to

    Generally 'get back' to a habit or practise:
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    I must get back to playing the guitar every day.
    'go back' to a state/condition/place
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    At the age of 52 he found that he had to go back to square one and learn a new job.
    However, often a place implies both a condition/state and a habit/practice. So usages can overlap - e.g
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    They wanted TO* get back to the Garden of Eden.
    (If they really meant a place, you might expect 'go'. As usual, only the context can tell you which is best. )

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    Last edited by BobK; 05-Feb-2012 at 12:54. Reason: Fixed typo (*)

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    Default Re: get back to x go back to

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    As usual, only the context can tell you which is best.

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