went to work/worked for


Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

“Clapp graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1973 and went to work for the Minnesota attorney general’s office, specializing in laws protecting wetlands and water.”

From Bill Clapp, lawyer and St. Croix River ‘champion,’ dies at 87 | Duluth News Tribune

If I replace “went to work” with “worked”, would the meaning change? Does “went to” mean you left a place to work for a company?
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Why would you dilute the statement in that way? As it stands, it tells us that his next step (after graduating) was to work there. If you remove that reference, it reads as though something is missing – graduating and working are presented as though they were two unconnected events.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    This is an obituary describing the events in his life. It's like a story that takes place over time. It doesn't just describe what he did, it describes the order he did it and why he did it in that order.

    He had a first career. He was unhappy in that career. He took a test that gave him an idea for a second career. He went to college to learn what he needed to know for that second career. Then he used that knowledge and degree to get a job with the Minnesota Attorney General's office.

    First he did this. Then he did that. And then he did that other thing.
    < Previous | Next >