Language Tips

to move, part 2

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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at more verbs and phrases that mean to move:



travel to go from one place to another, especially in a vehicle:

  • Did you have to travel far to get here?
  • He travels to London and back every day.

travel by bus/car/plane/train etc:

  • We usually travel by bus.
  • Mum hates travelling by car.

hurry to move somewhere quickly, especially when you do not have much time to reach the place you are going to:

  • We’d better hurry or we’ll be late.
  • Alec had to hurry home but I stayed on.
  • She hurried along the corridor.
  • They hurried through the deserted streets, anxious to get home.

return to go back to a place where you were earlier, or to come back from a place where you have just been:

  • One day she just walked out and never returned.
  • They returned from Paris in 2006.
  • She never returned to Iran.
  • He returned home around midnight.

Return is a little more formal than go back or come back and is used mainly in writing.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to move‘.

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