What is the difference between marcharse and irse? Do they both mean ' to go' ?

  1. Yo me voy a la escuela.

  2. Yo me marcho a la escuela.

  • I would add "synonyms" tag to this question, unleast you are asking for their usage in several parts of the spanish world Dec 24, 2013 at 17:00

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In this context, I think both phrases means the same.

The assumption is that "marcharse" indicates to go from some place, and "irse" to go to some place.

Me voy (de aquí/ from here) a casa = Me marcho a casa

Me voy (from my confortable bed and home) al trabajo = Me marcho al trabajo

Ya te vas (de aquí?) = Ya te marchas?

  • I just think they are synonyms. I'm trying to think a situation where you cannot use both of them... the only one I can imagine is related with sexual content :O Dec 24, 2013 at 16:59
  • For example, it will be strange if you say "Marcho al baño", instead "Voy al baño"... Or "Voy a por un café" I think sounds better than "Marcho a por un café".
    – Arkana
    Dec 26, 2013 at 9:19
  • That sounds fine to me. I guess I am used to the way people in north Spain talks, so my friends from Galicia usually talks that way. But you are right, some spanish people can hear it strange :) Dec 26, 2013 at 13:24
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    Because galicians are so undecided that doesn't know if they are "marchándose" or "yéndose" < (Just a common spanish joke about galicians) ;) Anyway, talking seriously, thanks for the comment, I think it's important to see all possible nuances! :D
    – Arkana
    Dec 26, 2013 at 15:20
  • You are totally right xDDD Dec 26, 2013 at 15:25

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