the expression "go to market"

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I was taught at school that when wanting to mean that "I want to go to the market for shopping", one should say "I want to go to market." Is this a valid expression or is it a common error.
 

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a_dabdoub said:
I was taught at school that when wanting to mean that "I want to go to the market for shopping", one should say "I want to go to market." Is this a valid expression or is it a common error.

I would prefer it with the definite article. :wink:
 

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It's a bit old-fashioned; you hear it in the nusery rhyme about a pig going to market. We also use it wihen we are talking about the goods that are taken there to be sold. For people shopping, I agree with Mike.;-)
 

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tdol said:
It's a bit old-fashioned; you hear it in the nusery rhyme about a pig going to market. We also use it wihen we are talking about the goods that are taken there to be sold. For people shopping, I agree with Mike.;-)

Good point about the sellers. We do take our goods to market. In your opinion, is that "to market" an infinitive or a prepositional phrase"? :wink:
 
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