"father to four"
In class today I was using a Martin Luther King biography to teach the passive. Here's my question: several of the students got stumped on "Martin Luther King Jr. was father to four." They didn't understand why "to" wasn't followed by a verb and I couldn't explain it to them. :-| I know we use other expressions like "party to s.t." and "witness to s.t" etc.
Does anyone have a clear, simple explanation? I've browsed through the forums, but nothing that might be an answer caught my eye.
Re: "father to four"
In that context, 'to' is a preposition, like 'of' in father of four.
Originally Posted by leikela
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