The statement above does not have 'to' before the destination. We can write 'going home' without 'to'. Where else can we skip 'to'?

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    Add a comma after going and you'd have a grammatical sentence telling the shopping mall that you're leaving. In AuE (and BrE and probably AmE), you'll need "to the" before shopping mall to get what you're after. – Lawrence Jan 2 '20 at 4:34
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    “We are going shopping at the mall” “We are going to the mall” – Jim Jan 2 '20 at 5:08
  • We can also skip 'to' when going in, out, up, down, through, around etc. – Old Brixtonian Jan 2 '20 at 5:36
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    No, the sentence is not correct. It is not grammatical and it is not idiomatic. – Nigel J Jan 2 '20 at 6:57
  • We can speak of going abroad or overseas. – Kate Bunting Jan 2 '20 at 8:55

home is a strange word. It can be a noun:

Our home is in the centre of town

It can also (and this is unusual) be an adverb:

I usually go home at about 5pm

shopping mall is a noun and, like most nouns, it cannot be used as an adverb. You can make a noun into an adverbial phrase by adding a preposition:

... to the shopping mall
... at the shopping mall
... from the shopping mall

Your sentence is therefore only correct if you add a preposition and a determiner (a or the):

We are going to the shopping mall

English is not the only language to treat home as a special case, though treating home as an adverb is unusual: most languages have a special verb for coming/going home- rentrer in french, rawwah in Egyptian Arabic, pulang in Indonesian.


If you leave off "mall" then the sentence is correct: We are going shopping. Otherwise, @Lawrence is correct, you would need "to the" before "shopping mall".

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