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Which prepositional construction would be more/most appropriate?

  • Where did you go on the excursion

or

  • Where did you go for the excursion

Both sounds quite natural to me, but it feels like that there exists a nuance I cannot pinpoint.

Please elaborate on your answer wherever possible. In addition, I think there might be case of US/UK difference.

Finally, is it grammatically correct to rephrase the question to

"Where was the excursion (or trip) to?"

  • I can't see a problem or difference between the two. – Chris M Mar 8 '17 at 15:42
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    Also, Where was your trip to? is good. – Chris M Mar 8 '17 at 15:43
  • In the U.K. I think we tend to say trip much more than excursion. – Chris M Mar 8 '17 at 15:44
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I think the first is more natural, but both could be usable.

Where did you go on the excursion?

using on implies an activity. Where you went, etc. This is usually what the response expects.

Where did you go for the excursion?

using for implies an occasion, for example "Where did you go for your vacation?" There is more emphasis on the activity itself rather than the details.

  • And may I please have your view on the grammatically of 'where is the excursion/trip to?' as an alternative? – JUNCINATOR Mar 9 '17 at 8:44

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