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    approach/go

    Hi

    I approached the bank to get a loan.

    I went to the bank to get a loan.

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two above. I only suppose that the first one is more formal.

    Thank you

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    Re: approach/go

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I approached the bank to get a loan.

    I went to the bank to get a loan.

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two above. I only suppose that the first one is more formal.

    Thank you
    Approach means to move towards someone or somrthing an so it is not appropriate.The later sentence is correct

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    Re: approach/go

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I approached the bank to get a loan.

    I went to the bank to get a loan.

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two above. I only suppose that the first one is more formal.

    Thank you
    Yes there is a difference of meaning. The first is the most descriptive.
    Approaching the bank means introducing yourself to them and stating your wishes, i.e. asking for a loan. This is a different meaning from "approach" meaning to get closer. In fact you could have approached the bank by letter.
    "I liked the girl a lot, so one day I got up enough courage to approach her".
    This doesn't just mean "get near to her. It means you went up to her and said "Hello" or whatever.

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