Today we’re going to talk about two very common words: “trip” and “date.” This is why the title of my post today is travel and romance.
Part 1: Travel
Nowadays, travel is the new drug. This is true for people of any nationality or age. Most people have experienced going outside their own country, whether with friends or alone, through a package tour or as a backpacker. The pictures and memories they bring back home are their priceless treasures.
In spite of the popularity of travel, many non-native speakers of English still have some trouble talking about their experiences; especially using the word “trip.”
As you probably already know, a “trip” means a journey or one particular instance of travel.
In fact, these two words -- “trip” and “travel” -- have very similar meanings. But the Noun “travel” is Uncountable and means travelling in general. On the other hand, a “trip” is Countable and means one specific experience of travel.
So you can say:
I love travel.
Travel is exciting.
I enjoyed my trip.
My trip to Thailand was fantastic!
But the most common mistake that non-native speakers make with the word “trip” is to use it as a Verb. Maybe because people think about their dynamic experience that’s why they try to use “trip” like that. Or maybe because they think that they can use "trip" like "travel" (the second can become a Verb).
Be careful! When you use the word “trip” as a Verb, you will make a completely different meaning:
I tripped last week.
We want to trip in Thailand.
The two sentences above actually mean:
So you’d better avoid making this mistake. Instead, you can try using the word “trip” this way:
go on + a trip
take + a trip
And if you want to include the name of the destination, just say:
go on a trip + to + Prague, Paris, London etc.
take a trip + to + Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Cambodia etc.
Of course these will work whether you’re talking about a past experience:
My family and I went on a trip to Cairo last year.
Or a future trip that you’re still just planning:
I am going to go on a trip to Hawaii next week.
I am going on a trip to Turkey next week.
I’m going to take a trip to Kenya.
Part 2: Romance
For the second part of our discussion, we’re going to talk about the word “date.”
As you probably already know, the Noun “date” means an appointment to meet another person in a romantic context.
If you have this situation, or if you want to talk about a meeting with your sweetheart or a new, prospective partner, it’s easy to make a sentence. Just say:
Have + a date
Go (out) on + a date
And if you want to add the name of the person that you have a plan with:
Have a date + with + someone
Go (out) on a date + with + someone
As you can see, the word “date” is similar to the word “trip” in this case because they’re both Nouns. And one way to use them is with the phrase “go on.”
You can say:
I had a date with one of the girls in my team last night.
I’m going on a date this evening.
I’ve got a hot date this weekend.
But unlike the word “trip,” “date” can also be used as a Verb, especially when you’re talking about a length of time or a series of dates.
We’ve been dating for over a year now.
I dated her back in college.
He only dates younger women.
I haven’t dated in a while.
Lastly, this word can also be used as a Noun to mean the actual person and not the event:
So, who’s your date this evening?
Hope you learned something!