destination/departure

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learning_grenglish

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India
I know, we do say, "destination" to the place where we end journey. e.g. We reached our destination New York at 5 o'clock.

Similarly, I wonder, what do we say, for the place where we begin our journey.

We came from the ....................... Sydney.

Is this, "departure", I guess? "We came from the departure Sydney". But it doesn't sound quiet good.

Please help me.
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Destination is not the "mirror-image" of departure; arrival is.

    You might say just "origin" (though this is not immediately or easily understood to have this meaning). You would likely say "our point of departure."
     

    nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    Thank you very much.

    I think, we can also say "Our departure point was Sydney", can't we?
    I prefer "point of departure", as bibliolept suggested.

    Actually, you can simply say "We came from Sydney", and I'm sure everyone would understand.
     

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    In conversation between strangers who are both travelers one or the other is going to put it this way. "We left Sydney at 6 o'clock this morning." "Or our flight left Sydney two hours late." For some reason the time of departure is important because it is a surefire measure of the trip's pace, slow or fast. Some people like to let the world know that they had an ugly trip or that they almost set a speed record.
     
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