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For this pair of sentences:

  1. He went to college.
  2. He went away to college.

How is "go away" different from "go"?

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You may stay at home and go to college, if the college you are attending is in your home town; to go away to college means to leave home to attend college.

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Would the same distinction apply for "go to a party" and "go away to a party"? – meatie Jul 28 '14 at 1:30
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@meatie Probably not; a party is a pretty transient event, while going away to college implies taking up residence out of town. We'd probably say just "I went to a party in" wherever: New York, Boston, London ... – StoneyB Jul 28 '14 at 1:32
    
I might be squeezing in one sub-question too many. But is "go off to college" the same as "go away to college"? – meatie Jul 28 '14 at 1:34
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@meatie Yes, exactly. – StoneyB Jul 28 '14 at 1:35
    
@meatie - RE: "I might be squeezing in one sub-question too many" - I think you are probably right on that one. – J.R. Jul 28 '14 at 22:00

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