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Fun fact:

English has three sets of words that communicate "this place" : "that place" : "what place". Each meaning can be paired with one of three prepositions ("in", "to", and "from") to form a specialized locative word:

"in" - here : there : where
"to" - hither : thither : whither
"from" - hence : thence : whence

So "here" means "in this place"; "thither" means "to that place"; "whence" means "from what place"; etc.

linguistics, Japanese 

@noelle many languages have this! But in English it sounds old fashioned not “correct”. Compare the French: Ça va bien? VS comment allez-vous? or the Japanese: だいじょうぶ? VS 大丈夫ですか?

The tricky part is that these are often “shibboleths” linguistically, so expecting even native speakers to explain why one is better than the other is incredibly difficult.

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