Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    jiaruchan is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    278

    Visit the Expo/ Attend the Expo

    A Shanghai English media outlet reported that about 140,000 people attended the Shanghai Expo today.

    Here it evidently means they visited it.

    Can 'attend' be used in this case to simply mean 'visit'?
    The reason I bring this up is: my understanding of attending an expo is to set up a booth something rather than be a guest or visitor. Am I correct?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,383

    Re: Visit the Expo/ Attend the Expo

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    A Shanghai English media outlet reported that about 140,000 people attended the Shanghai Expo today.

    Here it evidently means they visited it.

    Can 'attend' be used in this case to simply mean 'visit'?
    The reason I bring this up is: my understanding of attending an expo is to set up a booth something rather than be a guest or visitor. Am I correct?

    Thank you.
    "Attend" can simply mean to visit/go/be present at.

    I attended school in London = I went to school in London/I was a student at a school in London.

    Tom Cruise attended the premiere of his latest film = he went to the premiere, whether as a special guest or simply to watch it.

    My boss attended 6 meetings yesterday = he went to/took part in 6 meetings.

    My friend attended the opening of a new art gallery = s/he was a guest at the opening.

  3. #3
    tedtmc is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,108

    Re: Visit the Expo/ Attend the Expo

    An Expo(exposition) is an exhibition on a big scale. Visitors go around viewing the exhibits, like you do in an art gallery, just that the exhibits at the Expo are much bigger. You say you visit an art gallery. You don't say you 'attend' an art gallery, do you?

    P.S.
    OK, it depends on how you look at it. You attend an event. So if the Expo is considered an event, you can say you attended it. If it is considered an exhibition, you say you visited it.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 04-May-2010 at 15:07.

  4. #4
    jiaruchan is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    278

    Re: Visit the Expo/ Attend the Expo

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    An Expo(exposition) is an exhibition on a big scale. Visitors go around viewing the exhibits, like you do in an art gallery, just that the exhibits at the Expo are much bigger. You say you visit an art gallery. You don't say you 'attend' an art gallery, do you?
    I tend to agree with you on this point.

    I hear 'attend a concert or meeting'.

    The point is whether native speakers do say 'attend an expo' to mean 'visit an expo'. It is doubtless we can say a vendor attends an expo, but here 'attend ' does not mean 'visit', for it probably means the vendor sets up a booth and tries to sell something by being part of the expo.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •