Make Your Editor Cry: Emigrated to/immigrated from

Make Your Editor Cry: Emigrated to/immigrated from

These homonyms can be confusing. Correctly, “emigrate” and “from” always go together, as do “immigrate” and “to.” To emigrate is to come from somewhere, and to immigrate is to go to somewhere.

Conversely, the words “emigrate” and “to” never go together, and likewise “immigrate” and “from” never pair. To use either of these pairs together in a sentence would be incorrect.

The below correct examples have identical meanings.

Correct:

Boris emigrated from Soviet Russia to the United States.
Boris immigrated to the United States from Soviet Russia.

Incorrect:

Natasha immigrated from Soviet Russia to the United States.
Natasha emigrated to the United States from Soviet Russia.

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