get there vs go there

I have heard of these questions asked.

(1) How do you get there?

(2) How do you go there?

I don't understand the difference in meaning between the two questions. Could you please explain the difference? Thank you very much for your help.

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Ansonman,

There is considerable potential for overlap in meaning between the two sentences, but generally speaking, I would tend to interpret (1) as a request for directions and (2) as an inquiry as to mode of transportation.

1a: Take a left onto High Street, then a right at the third traffic light.  That should be Windsor Avenue.  After three blocks you'll see a huge parking lot on your right, and Bob's your uncle.

2a: I usually ride a bike, unless it's raining.

DocV

Doc V posted:

There is considerable potential for overlap in meaning between the two sentences, but generally speaking, I would tend to interpret (1) as a request for directions and (2) as an inquiry as to mode of transportation.

I like that, DocV. "How do you get there?" could of course be used as an inquiry into mode of transportation, as well, but "How do you go there?," which seems a bit unusual to me, does naturally lend itself to that interpretation.

I would tend to use "How do you go there?" in unusual circumstances. For example, if I were on an elevator of a skyscraper and needed a floor for which there wasn't a button on the elevator, I might say, "How do you go to Floor 99?"

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