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    Why don't use "to" before home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by talha ansari View Post
    Why don't we use "to" before home?
    Home is an adverb of place.

    Compare I'm going home with I'm going out.

    Rover

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Home is an adverb of place.

    Compare I'm going home with I'm going out.

    Rover
    But we use 'at' before home even though 'at' is also a preposition .Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by talha ansari View Post
    Why don't use "to" before home?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello, Talha Ansari:


    (1) Teacher Rover has given you and me an excellent answer.

    (2) I thought that you would like some more information from the

    great Professor George O. Curme:


    (a) "Home" is a very special word.

    (b) You can use it without a preposition after verbs of motion:

    (i) He went home.

    (ii) They brought the charge home to him.

    (iii) I was home by six. (The professor explains that the idea of

    motion is in that sentence. I guess he means something like:

    I came home by six o'clock.)

    (c) If you want to speak "perfect book English," you should

    say/write: Jane was at home all last week. There is NO motion

    in that sentence. But I think that many (most?) native speakers

    simply say "I was home all last week."


    James

    P.S. 100% credit goes to the professor's masterpiece A Grammar of the

    English Language (written in 1931).

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    "But I think that many (most?) native speakers
    simply say "I was home all last week."
    Most BrE speakers would say "I was at home..."

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