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24 / 02 / 2004

TRAVEL vs. TRIP: meaning and examples

Good morning,

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify something from yesterday's Daily Vitamin. The word "Fag" is an English word that is used colloquially to refer to a homosexual (in US English) or a cigarette (in UK English). I know that caused some confusion. Sorry.

Today we are looking at a very common error amongst English students; the confusion between travel (verb) and trip (noun). The important difference is that one is a verb and the other is a noun. Consider the examples below.

Example 1
Speaker 1: Tomorrow I'm travelling to Madrid.
Speaker 2: Okay. Have a nice trip.

Example 2
That was the worst trip I have ever taken.

INCORRECT: ***That was the worst travel I have ever taken.***

Have an excellent day.