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    • Join Date: Oct 2007
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    #1

    using go to or go for with destinations

    help!

    I never understand which sentence is correct:

    This is the bus to London

    This is the bus for london

    can you help me ,please!

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: using go to or go for with destinations

    Hello Alvaro,

    1. This is the bus to London.
    2. This is the bus for London.

    Both are correct. "To" focuses on the destination; "for" focuses on the purpose.

    If a bus stops at X, Y, and Z, you would probably be slightly more likely to say "Is this the bus for Y?", if you intended to alight at Y, and slightly more likely to say "Is this the bus to Z?", if you wanted to know the final destination.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.


    • Join Date: Oct 2007
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    #3

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    Thanks moderator

    alvarofernandez

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