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I want to use the following phrase in this specific structure (if possible):

How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life when they sometimes escape social media to(?) life!?

But as I didn't find the name of place following "escape" is followed by a preposition in order to mention the other place, I'm wondering if it is correct to structure it like that with the preposition "to".

I'm thinking of another way to form the second part:

...when they sometimes use life to escape social media.

I think this one is correct, but I'm more interested in the first one.


Therefore, what is the correct preposition that can reside between the place you are escaping from and the place you are going to if it was possible for the sentence to be structured in that way?

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    Migrated by the author’s request from ELL. – ColleenV Apr 19 at 17:51
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    I would say that one would often (in British English) use "for". "Escape A for B." "they sometimes escape social media for real life!" Or "... in favour of real life. – TrevorD Apr 19 at 23:17
  • @TrevorD _ Thank you for the answer. I would also like to know if the second way of my phrasing of the sentence is correct. – Tasneem ZH Apr 20 at 10:38
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    Yes, it does (During the 19th century, Queen Victoria, Edward VII and the elite of British society escaped London for lavish "weekending" parties at the estate.). Also, you can just use escape from X to Y, as in At noon she emerges, escaping from imagination to the lesser terrors of reality. (or ...who actively helped Jews escape to England from Nazi Germany). As for your second sentence, I'd say you normally encounter this pattern in phrases like use drugs to escape reality, etc. I guess your sentence makes sense, however. – userr2684291 Apr 20 at 12:54
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    1. If I understand your first Q. correctly, yes I would say: "How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life, [Note comma inserted] when they sometimes escape social media for [or in favour of] real life!?" 2. Yes you could say: "she sometimes escapes her family house in favour of her friend's house." [Note it should be "friend's house" - not "friend house".] – TrevorD Apr 22 at 22:27

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