I'm confused with the preposotions. Can you tell me which one is often used and which one is correct? Thank you.
here goes the sentence

I'm about to leave FOR the concert


I'm about to leave TO the concert.

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When you are going from one place to another, the normal English and American usage is to say that:

I am leaving for (the game) (school) (the city) (the concert) (Amsterdam) etc.

However, when 'leaving' is followed by 'to go' then 'for' is replaced by 'to', e.g.

I am leaving to go to (the game) (school) (the city) (the concert) (Amsterdam) etc.

NOTE: I have heard that some people say 'I'm leaving to...' instead of 'I'm leaving for...', but I have never personally heard anyone say this.

When bequeathing an item, verbally or in a written will, leaving to can be used:

I am leaving my Lego collection to my grandson.

My house and furnishings, I leave to my son.

When delegating responsibility for someone else to do something, 'leaving...to' or 'leaving...for' can be used:

I hate filing, I'll leave it to/for you.

John skipped school again, I'll leave it to/for you to talk to him.

You will also commonly see 'leave' followed by the full infinitive form of a verb.

You have my leave to carry on.

I need to leave to catch my train.

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