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Which of the following is more grammatically correct? Could you let me know reason for using the favourable preposition (either to or for)?

  • After having my dinner, I will depart to my house.
  • After having my dinner, I will depart for my house.
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#2, if your house is in the 19th century. – Robusto Nov 8 '12 at 16:39
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Depart for is the usual form, but, in that particular case, most people would say I’ll go home after dinner.

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The reason is that depart (optionally) takes for for the destination; but since the focus of depart is on the leaving, not the going-to, this is optional. As with most questions about reasons in language, there is no convincing explanatory answer. – Colin Fine Nov 8 '12 at 20:31

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