immigrate vs. emigrate?

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Can someone explain to me how to use this words in a sentence?

I know that immigrate means to move into a new place and emigrate means to move out of a place ,but how do I say that I moved from canada to US? Can I say I immigrated to US from Canada? And/Or I emmigrated from Canada to US?
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I immigrated to the US from Canada.
I emigrated from Canada to the US.

Both of these are correct sentences, but the first places more emphasis on the fact that you are now in the U.S., and the second stresses the fact that you have left Canada.
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AnonymousHi guys,I have a few questions to ask.How about this if David is originally from USA:"David emigrated to Canada"Isn't it supposed to be, "David immigrated to Canada," since he is entering a new country?But if the sentence went like this:"David emigrated to Canada from USA"Then it would make more sense because now we know David is from USA and has exited his country to enter Canada. Does that mean we must include 'emigrate' for the sentence to make sense or can we use 'immigrate'?Would past tense affect the situation? If we use past tense: David has immigrated to Canada Then he has already left USA to live in Canada, so should immigrate be used instead of emigrate because he has already entered?If we use present tense: David is going to emigrate to CanadaThen he hasn't left USA yet, so should emigrate be used?I hope you experts can clarify these things for me.Cheers,Joseph

The English Language is about "Rules" and NOT "logical" / "Euphonic" sense.

As it has been defined so many times before, here are some clarifications:

Emigrate (verb) is always used with the preposition "From". Easy reminder, "F" follows "E". Emotion: smile
Immigrate (verb) is always used with the preposition "To"

The Verb to use is dependent upon the preposition that immediately (or closest to the verb) follows the Verb. Please do NOT ask "what if there were (Not "are" since this is a "Subjunctive" clause although "are" sounds much better) no preposition that followed the verb?" Sorry for the digression.


David "immigrated" to Canada
David "immigrated" to Canada from the US. The Verb (immigrated) is connected to the preposition "to" and not "from".
David "emigrated" from the US to Canada. The Verb (emigrated) is connected to the preposition "from" and not "to".

David is not a native Canadian; he "immigrated". The "implied" clause that is not shown/typed is "to Canada".

The "proper" (note I am not saying "correct") way of saying the same sentence structurally is "David is not a native Canadian; he immigrated to Canada."

Alternatively, you could say: "David is not a native Canadian; he emigrated from the US." Note the difference.

Where as in the first sentence, it was implied that David "immigrated" to Canada making no reference as to the country from which he emigrated.

In the second sentence, "emigrated" was used and it requires the preposition "from" to be used since the sentence grammatically focuses on "where David moved from" or his place of origin. Please do NOT comment about "dangling" preposition: that is a whole other topic.

The Present / Future / Past tense does not determine the use of "emigrate" or "immigrate". Simplified examples

Future: David will "immigrate" to Canada from the US. OR David is going to "immigrate" to Canada from the US.
Present: David is "immigrating" to Canada from the US
Past: David "immigrated" to Canada from the US

As a Side Note: the English Language is always changing/growing (I would NOT say "evolving", just my opinion) in its acquisition of new terms. Unfortunately, it does not seem to grow / evolve in terms of Rules / Grammar.

I remember when " ain't " was not in the Dictionary.
Your sentence is right both ways! Emotion: smile

I immigrated to the US from Canada
I emmigrated from Canada to the US
New Member06
Watch your spelling, it's "emigrate". Just one "m".

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Thanks guys.
is this all?

i am yet confusing the words immigrate emigrate and migrate (is there anything else ?=)
Full Member494
1 commentmigrate - Move from one country or region to another and settle there.

migrate is used for general movement.

Immigration and Emigration are specific type of migrations

emigrate - migrate from a place ( "E" in the Emigrate is like Exit, so it reminds me of exiting or leaving a place and that's how I used to differentiate between emigrate and immigrate)

ex. - Many people had to emigrate during the Nazi period.

immigrate - migrate to a new location ( "I" in the Immigrate is like In, so it reminds me of going into a new place)

ex. - Only few plants can immigrate to this island.

Hope this helps
Blue LuckThanks guys.
You're welcome, Blue Luck. I liked this latter explaination of yours. Emotion: smile

me 2 there si no problem now
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