I am new in a new city and I am not familiar with this city. Sometimes I want to ask a friend or just a stranger for the correct direction. Usually I would ask "where does this road lead to" when I was wondering the destination of a road or what is another road connect with this road.

So is "Where does this road lead to?" a right way to ask?

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    It's at least as common (probably more common) to use go rather than lead in such contexts. And although it's not easy to prove my point with corpus searches, I'd be pretty sure that as a spoken usage, most native speakers wouldn't include that final preposition to. So the most common form would simply be Where does this road go? – FumbleFingers Jun 9 '20 at 16:24
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    (At least that would avoid the smartass reply "Same as all roads - it leads to Rome!" :) – FumbleFingers Jun 9 '20 at 16:31
  • Although you did not ask, in the US you would usually ask about a "street" rather than a "road" in the context of an urban setting. – Jeff Morrow Jun 9 '20 at 17:53

The phrasing is not incorrect, but I think as a query for directions it's a little vague. The person you're asking does not know what you're after -- are you trying to get to a specific location, or asking if this street/road goes to a general area, or just trying to get some general information on where it goes without a specific goal of your own in mind?

So you could say "Can I get to X by going on this road?", or "Will this road get me to X?" (or "...lead me to X?").

As to street or road (as brought up in a comment), in the US we tend to regard a 'street' as a paved roadway that is in a city or town, could be a "downtown area" with lots of streets and buildings, or could be a suburban area with lots of residence driveways on the street. 'Road' usually means a paved roadway that is going to continue for a longer distance. But this isn't a strong distinction, the terms are used pretty much interchangably and will certainly both be understood.

  • Thank you so much! Now I understand it! I was just trying to get some general information on where it goes without a specific goal of my own in mind. – Bing Jun 10 '20 at 2:39

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