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    Smile I stopped by the Globe Theatre

    Later, I stopped by the Globe Theatre, the open-air theatre for Shakespeare's plays. It was extraordinary to stand in the yard and watch the actors perform Othello only a few feet in front of me.

    I presume I could replace "stopped by" with "dropped by/visited," but are there slight differences semantically? Thanks.

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    Re: I stopped by the Globe Theatre

    You would not be able to use "stop by" or "drop by", since they imply that you were passing the theatre and went in for a short time.

    "I visited the Globe..."

    "I went to the Globe..."

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    Re: I stopped by the Globe Theatre

    To “stop by the Globe Theatre” means to pay the Theatre a brief visit on your way home or elsewhere. To “drop by/in on” means to pay someone a casual, uninvited or unplanned (i.e. spontaneous) short visit.

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