Could anyone explain the difference between these examples?

1- Does this bus go through to Santa Fe?

2- Does this bus go through Santa Fe?

3- Does this bus go to Santa Fe?


1 - This one sounds weird to me. Maybe "through to" in this question means "all the way to", so in that case it's asking if the bus goes all the way to (as far as) Santa Fe.

2 - Does this bus pass through Santa Fe on the way to somewhere else? The bus may or may not make a stop in Santa Fe, but the asker is wondering whether the route goes through Santa Fe. EDIT: in case using the word "through" in my answer doesn't help, it's asking whether the bus goes somewhere (anywhere, Santa Fe or somewhere else) by way of or via Santa Fe.

3 - Does this bus make a stop in Santa Fe?

  • I am not sure I understand the explanation of the first one.(as far as) Another example: He walked, dripping, through to the bedroom. – Talha Özden Apr 1 '19 at 19:19
  • What I meant by "as far as" was "as great a distance as". Does the bus go a great enough distance that it will reach Santa Fe? But I'm actually not sure if that's exactly the meaning here - as an American English speaker this question sounds slightly strange to me. – Mixolydian Apr 1 '19 at 19:33
  • I probably wouldn't say that other statement either - "He walked, dripping, through to the bedroom". But I'd probably understand that to mean "He walked and dripped water the whole way from wherever he was until he reached the bedroom". – Mixolydian Apr 1 '19 at 19:34
  • While using "as far as X" or "through to X", do we understand that he might not reach X ? I mean maybe not reaching X will be sufficent for him ? – Talha Özden Apr 1 '19 at 19:51
  • @TalhaÖzden I don't think so. When you're talking about going "to" a place or "as far as" a place, it's usually understood that the place will be reached. "towards" on the other hand can be used to mean "in the direction of" and not necessarily all the way there. – Mixolydian Apr 1 '19 at 20:01

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