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    Re: She tells him to go. Is "to" a preposition?

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    I went to Paris.
    I want to work.

    If 'Paris' is the prepositional object of 'to, could it not be argued that 'work' is the prepositional object of 'to'?

    I don't disagree. I was merely suggesting that it is not so easy to dismiss the classification of infinitival 'to' as a preposition as it might seem to be.
    Unfortunately, there are many who cannot tell the difference between "to Paris" and "to work". That is another good reason not to call the particle a preposition.

    And I agree with you. I would love it if everybody agreed on what things should be called, but I doubt that will ever happen.

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    Re: She tells him to go. Is "to" a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would consider it wrong to call that a preposition.
    Me too. It is part of a VP, a verb phrase.
    Last edited by probus; 02-Oct-2013 at 06:17.

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    Re: She tells him to go. Is "to" a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would love it if everybody agreed on what things should be called, but I doubt that will ever happen.
    That would be too easy- if we agree on the terminology, then we might start agreeing on the rest.

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    Re: She tells him to go. Is "to" a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That would be too easy- if we agree on the terminology, then we might start agreeing on the rest.
    Now that would be strange.

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