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nasridine

Senior Member
USA
Chinese, China
Can I say "I'm gonna go there for something" if I don't explicitly tell others what I will do there?
Or "I'm gonna go there to do some stuff"
What is the proper casual way saying this?
 
  • nasridine said:
    Can I say "I'm gonna go there for something" if I don't explicitly tell others what I will do there?
    Or "I'm gonna go there to do some stuff"
    What is the proper casual way saying this?

    Hello Nasridine,

    (If you wish to use AE you can stay with "I'm gonna', only in speech - not writing.)

    I would say, "I'm going there because I have something to do.' You don't have to say what that something is.

    'I'm gonna go there to do some stuff.' :cross:



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    j0ckser

    Member
    Canadian English/Canada
    The context here is important. If you really don't want people to know what you are doing when you go out, say nothing; just go. If pressed, say, "I'm going out for a while. I'll be back later." Then leave; that way you don't offer the opportunity for further discussion. KISS principle at work (Keep It Simple)
     

    maxiogee

    Banned
    imithe
    I have to go there,
    …or…
    I need to go there,
    … would both inform your listeners that you have a reason for going, and inform them that you don't wish to disclose that reason.
     
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