Leaving To or Leaving For?

“I am leaving for Italy” is correct.

FOR is a preposition with a few definitions.

One definition of for is to indicate, or show, a future goal.

“I am leaving for Italy” means that you are leaving your present place, and your future goal is to arrive in Italy.

TO is also a preposition, but it shows movement toward a place.

So, you would not say, “I am leaving to Italy”, because “leaving” does not indicate movement toward a new place.

You could say:

1. “I am traveling to Italy.”

2. “I am driving to Italy.”

3. “I am flying to Italy.”

4. “I am going to Italy.”


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