depart/set out/start off


Senior Member
Hey all!

I've been wondering if which sentence is the correct in colloquial English if I want to express that I'm starting to walk from home to anywhere.

1) I'm departing from home now.
2) I'm setting out from home now.
3) I'm starting off from home now.
4) I'm leaving home now.
5) I'm going away from home now.

Thanks in advance!
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    1), 2) and 3) are all normal; 1) is the most formal.

    4) might be used, but "leaving home" can also mean "abandoning my family" so the context must be made clear.
    5) is most unusual; it's hard to think of a time when it might be used.


    Senior Member
    USA - English
    You can avoid that problem by saying "I am leaving from my house." This would sound unnatural in my instances, but it would be perfectly natural for the itinerary of a walking tour.

    Martha: I hear you are going to take a long walking trip.
    George: Yes, I am leaving from my house at six in the morning, and I hope to get to Podunk Falls around noon. I'll have lunch there, and then continue on towards Pumpkinville, where I plan to spend the first night.
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