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    #1

    go back vs return

    Hello,
    Are the sentences below correct? Can they be used interchangeably? Is there any difference between „go back” and „return”?

    1. She doesn’t want to go back to her husband.
    2. She doesn’t want to return to her husband.

    3. Of course we want to go back some day.
    4. Of course we want to return some day.

    5. When are you going back to London?
    6. When are you returning to London?

    7. She’s just gone back from abroad.
    8. She’s just returned from abroad.

    9. Everything soon went back to normal.
    10. Everything soon returned to normal.

    11. He went back from Paris yesterday.
    12. He returned from Paris yesterday.

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    Re: go back vs return

    They're all correct except for number 11. You can only go back to a place; you come back from a place. If he was going back to somewhere other than the writer's location, you can say "He went back from Paris to London yesterday."

    Go back and come back are much more common than return​ in conversational American English.

    In English, all quotation marks go above the line, "like this".
    Last edited by GoesStation; 18-Jul-2016 at 17:47. Reason: Add information.
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    Re: go back vs return

    I’m not sure I uderstand well. If I would say ”He came back from Paris yesterday.” instead of ”He went back from Paris yesterday.” would it be correct?

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    Re: go back vs return

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    I’m not sure I uderstand well. If I would say ”He came back from Paris yesterday.” instead of ”He went back from Paris yesterday.” would it be correct?
    Yes.
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    #5

    Re: go back vs return

    Take a look at #7
    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: go back vs return

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Take a look at #7
    7. She’s just gone back from abroad.

    What do you mean? Is this sentence wrong?

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    #7

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    Yes, it is.

    The explanation in post #2 applies to sentences 7 and 11.
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    #8

    Re: go back vs return

    Remember that return can mean go back or come back, depending on the context.

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    #9

    Re: go back vs return

    You can't say "gone back from."

    Gone back to
    Come back from
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    #10

    Re: go back vs return

    I want to make sure. If I would say:

    1. Of course we want to go back some day.
    2. Of course we want to return some day.
    3. Of course we want to come back some day.

    it would be correct and mean the same?

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