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It doesn't mean getting anywhere by road.
... except if you are travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
What is special about that route?
The fact that the locals talk about going "through" to the other city.
I was surprised when I first heard the usage. I would have said
"over" or "across" as it is a east/west journey
There are as many as 5 train routes, some with many stops.
Perhaps there's a through service with few stops.
The same might apply to coach vs bus service. The coach would be a
through service with no intermediate stops while bus services would have many stops.
True but not the point.
The locals talk about going "through" to the other city, irrespective
of the means of transport. I do not know why this is so. Standard BrE
would use "over" or "across".
Over is used in AmE as well, though I am not sure what the exact
circumstances are. When I first moved here I thought maybe it was to do
with our mountains, but that seems not to be the case all the time. But
certainly we "go over" to Craig or Grand Junction, so it may be an
east-west journey rather than an elevation one.
And, of course, you "go over" to someone's house and you might "go over"
to a store or to a location where there are several individual places
you will go to.
When does one go over to the hardware store (or run over) instead of
simply going to the hardware store? When it is a quick trip to get one
or two items needed for a task at hand.
"We need some duct tape."
"OK, I’ll go to the hardware store tomorrow and get some."
"We need it now, the ducks are escaping the ducts!"
"Ah, I'll run over and get some now."
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