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    #1

    i was at/i went to a restaurant.

    Hello!

    Is there any specific difference between these 2 sentences? Basically, they have the same meaning to me.


    I was at a restaurant yesterday.
    I went to a restaurant yesterday.

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    #2

    Re: i was at/i went to a restaurant.

    The first focuses on your location. The second focuses on the activity.

    The two are not interchangeable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: i was at/i went to a restaurant.

    And the difference in focus can reflect a difference in fact. For example:


    Policeman: 'Where were you at midday yesterday?'
    Innocent: 'I was at a restaurant [and I stayed there until 1.30].'

    But

    Policeman: 'Where were you at midday yesterday?'
    Potentially Guilty: 'I went to a restaurant [before nipping out the back and committing the murder].'


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