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San
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Which word is correct?

By the time they noticed her absence, she had departed (to / for) Africa.

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  • blank
    Lv 5
    1 month ago
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    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.

    • San
      Lv 4
      1 month agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    departed sounds like she died....

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  • Teresa
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    "for" is most commonly used.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You don't depart "to."  Africa is the destination.  You depart *for* Africa.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month 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.

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  • 1 month ago

    Pearl is correct, both are okay.  Given the context I'd prefer to use "for", but it's entirely up to you.

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  • 1 month ago

    i think they both sound okay

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