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    Mountains VS. A mountain

    We usually say, "I like to go to the mountains." But I do not know why people do not say, "go to the mountain" like "go to the beach" or "go to the mountains" is an idiom like "go to the movies" But as far as I know, there is a meaning difference between a mountain and mountains. So what do you think?

    Thank you so much as usual in advance.

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

    You can go to the mountain if you and the person you are speaking to know which particular mountain you are referring to.

    Normally, however, people go to mountainous area, rather than to one particular mountain, hence 'to the mountains'

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    We usually say, "I like to go to the mountains." But I do not know why people do not say, "go to the mountain" like "go to the beach" or "go to the mountains" is an idiom like "go to the movies" But as far as I know, there is a meaning difference between a mountain and mountains. So what do you think?

    Thank you so much as usual in advance.
    It is possible to say "I like going to the mountain" if there is one particular mountain you like going to. However, as most mountains are in ranges of peaks it is far more usual to say "I like going to the mountains" to say that you like visiting mountainous regions.

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

    Thank you!! And then why do not people say "go to the beaches"?

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

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    Thank you!! And then why do not people say "go to the beaches"?
    Because they normally go to only one beach.

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you!! And then why do not people say "go to the beaches"?
    Because you usually just go to one beach and stay there for the day.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

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    Thank you!! And then why do not people say "go to the beaches"?
    I like going to the beaches on Achill Island.

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    Re: Mountains VS. A mountain

    Aha...I need to understand people's habits and common sense as well Thank you great people!!

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