Which word is correct?
By the time they noticed her absence, she had departed (to / for) Africa.
- blankLv 66 months agoFavourite answer
Where is she going? She is going TO Africa.
She has departed FOR Africa.
She has left FOR Africa.
Switching the "to" and "for" in above sentences just do not sound right and are not considered proper English.
- ZirpLv 76 months ago
departed sounds like she died....
- TeresaLv 66 months ago
"for" is most commonly used.
- Anonymous6 months ago
You don't depart "to." Africa is the destination. You depart *for* Africa.
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- A.J.Lv 76 months ago
Both get used, but "for" is far more common, and the better choice in the question.
"For" indicating a future arrival, where "to" is usually when already at destination.
Sometimes "to" is a better choice when not considering the transit time and focus is on the destination.
After dinner, I will depart to my home.
Either is OK, but "to" puts emphasis on the destination, and "for" on the process of leaving to arrival.
- Mark IXLv 76 months ago
Pearl is correct, both are okay. Given the context I'd prefer to use "for", but it's entirely up to you.
- Pearl LLv 76 months ago
i think they both sound okay