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    If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New York fo

    If you can say:

    I go to New York for work.

    Why can't you say:

    I go to New York for business. Or I go to New York for vacation.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    You can, as long as it's a recurring thing.
    I go to New York for business at least three times a month.
    I go to New York for vacation every other year.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    So, what's the difference between saying:

    I go to New York on business and I go to New York for business.

    They sound the same to me.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    None that I can think of.
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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    They mean the same thing effectively. The only possible nuance of difference I could consider is that "on business" means that the entire trip is required by your work. Your company has sent you to another country for some meetings or to buy products etc. If you are there "for business", it's possible that business is only forming a small part of your trip. I don't expect everyone else here to agree with me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    The only difference I was thinking was similar.
    "On business" - your company sent you.
    "For business" - perhaps you are an entrepreneur and you go there to meet with clients. Or perhaps your company sends you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    A person can go somewhere on business without being sent by someone else. I don't see any real difference between the two phrases.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    If you can say:

    I go to New York for work.

    Why can't you say:

    I go to New York for business. Or I go to New York for vacation.
    In American English, those are all fine. You can also say to vacation and on vacation.

    We usually say on business.

    We would say for work or to work, never on work.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: If you can say: I go to New York for work. Why can't you say: I go to New Yor

    Note that we don't use "vacation" in BrE. We use "holiday".

    I'm going to Jamaica on holiday.
    I'm going to Jamaica for a holiday.

    To clarify one point in Charlie's post, in "to vacation", "vacation" is a verb. In "on vacation", it's a noun. In BrE, we occasionally use "to holiday" as a verb but it's not common.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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