Hello I am wondering when do we use "go away for" and when do we use "go away on". When we say, "I am going away for a business trip" why don't we say, "I am going away on business"?

Is there any rule to know when do we use "on" instead of "for"?

  • "Going away for a business" or "for business" don't mean the same thing to my ears. Which do you mean?
    – livresque
    Sep 14, 2020 at 20:52
  • I don't know the difference between going away on and going away for
    – splintos
    Sep 14, 2020 at 21:16
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    People do say "I am going away on business".
    – nnnnnn
    Sep 14, 2020 at 22:12

2 Answers 2


Both of the following are correct:

  • "I am going away for a business trip"
  • "I am going away on business"

There are many different ways to word things which are all correct.

  • "On business" (and "on holiday/vacation") are fixed phrases describing the nature of time spent away from one's usual place. "For" in "for a business trip" indicates a purpose or occasion for going away.
    – nschneid
    Sep 23, 2022 at 23:15

I disagree with your statement that 'We say I am going away for a business'.

The usual expression is go away on business (for the purposes of one's work), or go away on holiday/vacation (for the purpose of pleasure).

We sometimes say for a holiday, but I've never heard for a business.

  • my question was about choosing the right preposition, is there any rule?
    – splintos
    Sep 15, 2020 at 17:44
  • There is no rule; I was explaining to you what prepositions are usually used. Sep 16, 2020 at 7:41

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