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    Post How does the "to" work grammatically?

    Hello. I'm now reading the prefatory verse of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and have a question about its grammar

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    en.wikisource.org/wiki/All_in_the_Golden_Afternoon

    4th stanza 1st line.

    >Anon, to sudden silence won,

    I think it means "soon, suddenly silence occupied." and I'd like to know what the role of "to" is in the phrase.

    In my openion it is "to" for consequence. For example : He survived, to the amazement of surgeons. However it cannot be allowed to use past tense form (won) in a noun phrase. So I think the "won" is a past participle which modifies "silence" like : to sudden silence (which was) won

    Let me know. Thank you very much!
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    Re: How does the "to" work grammatically?

    They were won over to a sudden silence???

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    Re: How does the "to" work grammatically?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    ???

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    Re: How does the "to" work grammatically?

    Thanks for your response
    It seems difficult even for native English speaker!
    Carroll must have made it enigmatic on purpose, hehe

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