he goes/commutes home every day (students)


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College students normally have at least two options. They either stay in dormitories or rent (usually) studio-type apartments, or they go home after their last class. Some don't want to live in these rented places because it's normally expensive to live outside their homes.

Let's say John is enrolled in an Ivy League school, and most of his classmates live in dormitories. But he lives in a nearby state, and he prefers to commute home even though it's a two-hour drive each way. His new classmate assumes that he also lives in the same dorm with 1000 students.

Classmate: Can we meet at the cafeteria tonight? I need your help in our math assignment, and I'm willing to pay.​
John: Sorry, but I go home every day. Maybe I can come early tomorrow.​

Classmate: I need John's help in math. Do you think he can meet me at the cafeteria tonight?​
Jane: He commutes home every day. Maybe he's available during lunch breaks.​

I just want to find out how you normally express the italicized text.
  • Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    Once students are well established in their college routine, they may well call their off-campus apartments 'home.' SO 'home' doesn't have to mean the place where one's parents live.

    In the first conversation, I would expect John, a student at Princeton, to say "Sorry, I go home to my place in Rocky Hill [a small town close to Princeton] every day after my last class" or "Sorry, I go home to my folks' apartment in Manhattan every day after my last class."

    Also, I'd expect 'lunch' by itself rather than 'lunch breaks' Or "Maybe he can help you between classes. I think he has two hours free on Wednesdays between the end of his German class and the beginning of his History seminar."