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    Why not "go to home"?

    A common error the (Thai) students in my school make is "I go to home". There was a discussion in our teachers room today about explaining this but none of us could come up with a reason why this is incorrect.

    You can go to school, go to church etc but you can't go to home. We know it's wrong but can't come up with reason beyond "it just is"

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Maybe the word "homeward[s]" comes into it.... [Still thinking (is there an icon for that?)...]

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    My guess is that 'home' in the phrase 'go home' takes on an adverbial value, rather like saying 'to go south'. You couldn't possibly say 'to go to south', could you?

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamiep View Post
    We know it's wrong but can't come up with reason beyond "it just is"
    That's an entirely respectable explanation, and it also happens to be right.
    That's just how we say it.

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Whose explanation is 'entirely respectable'?

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Whose explanation is 'entirely respectable'?
    Jamiep's.
    Look at the post above yours - there's a box of blue colour containing the previous poster's comments to which Raymott was referring in his post.

    Look at this post and what can you see now? Again, there's a blue box, but this time with your comments from your previous post, and I am referring to your post in my post now.

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Thanks
    that was an 'entirely respectable' (and detailed) reply!

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

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    Thanks
    that was an 'entirely respectable' (and detailed) reply!
    Couldn't agree more.

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Thanks for the replies.

    Given that some of the students struggle to understand the difference between a noun and a verb when asked, even if they can otherwise communicate fairly well, I'll stick with "just is" for now.

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    Re: Why not "go to home"?

    Well, maybe it would be advisable to present them parts of the speech. This could help them a lot. Why don't you compair English with Thai? If they are not advanced enough to learn it in English, it would be easy in Thai.

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