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    "travel by"

    Hi

    What's the difference between "travel" and "travel by"?

    For example:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: "travel by"

    Quote Originally Posted by h156 View Post
    Hi

    What's the difference between "travel" and "travel by"?

    For example:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Thanks a lot!
    In the example you've given, you've added 'by'. It doesn't make any great difference to the meaning - but only in the specific case you've given. I would have said that "traveled" here means "traveled along".

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    Re: "travel by"

    It's from the last verse of Robert Frost's 1920 poem 'The Road Not Taken'.

    "I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."

    He inserted 'by' because he needed a rhyme for 'sigh' and 'I'.

    'The road less travel(l)ed' (more correctly without the 'by') has been quoted and used as book titles many times since.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jun-2012 at 08:59.

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    Re: "travel by"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    'The road less travel(l)ed' (more correctly without the 'by') has been quoted and used as book titles many times since.

    Rover
    Ah, yes.

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    Re: "travel by"

    I did a project on Robert Frost for my English Literature class when I was 16. I had completely forgotten that there was another line after "travelled by". I always think that the poem simply ends "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I - I took the road less travelled by".

    Thanks for reminding me of this lovely poem.

    I don't actually think that "travelled by" is any more or less grammatical than "travelled" would have been. I don't think "This road is less travelled" sounds very natural. "This road is less well-travelled" perhaps. In a different construction we would say "Many people have travelled by this road" so I see no reason not to end the poem's line with "travelled by". Of course, as Rover said, it was specifically used because it rhymes with "sigh" and "I".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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