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へ vs に? Particle

Like what are the main differences?

When can you use one and not the other one?

例えば

いい:
東京に行きます。
東京へ行きます。

一時に行きます。

だめ:
一時へ行きます


I have been studying Japanese for about three years and this still gets to me.. -_-

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    へ indicates destination, and に indicates direction.
    So in your examples, the literal meaning would be:
    東京に行きます = I'm going (in the direction of, "but could potentially get sidetracked on the way to" etc.) Tokyo
    東京へ行きます = I'm going (directly to) Tokyo

    But yes, they can be interchanged readily, and people will still understand what you mean! So I wouldn't worry too much about this one, unless there is a potential for pit stops and you want to specify that.

     

    へ is almost always interchangeable with に, but not vice versa.
    へ points a direction more than に.
    に points a destination more than へ.

    So I recommend beginner students to use に because に is more useful and you won't mistake. (I know you are not a beginner. It's just an example.)

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