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    People were completely free as they traveled to and from work.
    I couldn't get the meaning of 'to and from' here. Would you please help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    People were completely free as they traveled to and from work.
    I couldn't get the meaning of 'to and from' here. Would you please help?
    They went to work. They came home from work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    They went to work. They came home from work.
    Thank you, but how is it possible to be free, traveling to work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Thank you, but how is it possible to be free, traveling to work?
    It was your sentence. Barb explained the prepositions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It was your sentence. Barb explained the prepositions.
    Yes, it was my sentence. But it was my perception of a thought I remember from this original text:
    People left their offices at a predictable time, were often completely disconnected from and out of touch with their jobs as they traveled to and from work, and were off-duty once they were home. ("Is technology killing leisure time?" SUMMIT, pp. 116, Joan Saslow and Alen Ascher)

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Yes, it was my sentence. But it was my perception of a thought I remember from this original text:
    People left their offices at a predictable time, were often completely disconnected from and out of touch with their jobs as they traveled to and from work, and were off-duty once they were home. ("Is technology killing leisure time?" SUMMIT, pp. 116, Joan Saslow and Alen Ascher)
    There is no mention of "free" in that text. Why did you use that word?

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    This is the original text:
    People left their offices at a predictable time, were often completely disconnected from and out of touch with their jobs as they traveled to and from work, and were off-duty once they were home.

    And this is my perception out of it:
    People were completely free as they traveled to and from work.

    Am I right? If not, would you please tell me what the meaning of 'to and from' is?

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    While I was writing the post , I found an example which I had used before in this meaning *from and to*.

    I've changed the color from blue to white.

    Is this correct sentence?
    Last edited by TheHavoc; 21-Sep-2013 at 17:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHavoc View Post

    I've changed the color from blue to white.

    Is this correct sentence?
    Yes, it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    This is the original text:
    People left their offices at a predictable time, were often completely disconnected from and out of touch with their jobs as they traveled to and from work, and were off-duty once they were home.

    And this is my perception out of it:
    People were completely free as they traveled to and from work.

    Am I right? If not, would you please tell me what the meaning of 'to and from' is?
    It means more like 'relaxed', 'disengaged' or 'switched off' than 'free', but there must be a better word or short phrase for it.

    Barb has already explained 'to and from' in post #2.

    Rover

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