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Question go or get?

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
Which sounds correct?
(a) How did you go to the museum?
(b) How did you get to the museum?

Hirashin
 

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I think in general in these sentences "go (or come)" means the mode of transport whereas "get" could also mean the route taken, or if you asked something like "How did you get to the museum so quickly?". It can be hard to answer questions using "how" because there are numerous meanings of "how", but "Get" seems more natural to me in this case. Also, using "go" in this case would sound like a museum away from where you were, as "go" means, but "get" really means "arrive" so if you asked "b" you could be at the museum currently, although you would probably say "here" instead of "museum" then.
 

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Thanks, Michael2 and mdchachi.
Also, using "go" in this case would sound like a museum away from where you were, as "go" means, but "get" really means "arrive" so if you asked "b" you could be at the museum currently, although you would probably say "here" instead of "museum" then.
Does (b) sound a little unnatural as it is?
 

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Thanks, Michael2 and mdchachi.

Does (b) sound a little unnatural as it is?
No it sounds fine. I disagree with Michael2 in that I don’t think it sounds “much better.” Both sound fine to me.
 

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I think in England at least everyone says "get" in this kind of sentence.
 

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