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  1. Gorkem Atay's Avatar
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    #1

    by / to

    1. I went by the store.
    2. I want to the store.

    What is the difference between them in terms of their meanings. I could not find any title related to this.

    Thanks,

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    #2

    Re: by / to

    What do you want the sentence to mean?

    'I went to the store to buy a mouse trap'?

    If so, 'I went by the store' doesn't work.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: by / to

    Usually "went to the store" means went there and went inside. "Went by the store" usually indicates one passed the store but didn't go in.

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