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Is it possible to use the word 'to' at the end of a question?
Q - Where are you off to?
A - I'm off to the shops.
Q - Do you know where you're going to?
A - I'm going to Bellas house.
Q - Where would you like to meet me to?
A - I would like to meet you at the Library.
Q - Where is that to?
A - I think it is slightly to the right.
I have heard mied veiws on this subject, I have been told by English Language and Literature A level teachers that all of the above sentences are perfectly grammatical.
However numerous people from outside of the county I live in have told me that putting 'to' at the end of these questions does not make grammatical sense.
I am thoroughly confused and do not want to be using this way of phrasing a question in either written work or everyday speech if it is in fact wrong.
Great answer, Barb.
In the last case, the 'answer' "it is slightly to the right" wouldn't fit the question given. If object A is slightly to the right of object B, it is in almost the same direction, but turning very slightly. So this dialogue is possible:
Tom: Could you direct me to St Peter's?
Dick: Yes, but I'm in a bit of a hurry. Down this road, and opposite the second turning on the left you'll see a Shell garage. [Seeming to have finished; turning away.]
Tom: And the church?
Dick: Slightly to the right. [Over his shoulder as he walks on]