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    The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new ...

    Hello.

    The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new young fans as well as senescent devotees.

    Why to, not at?

    Thank you.

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    Re: The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new

    It's idiomatic. You refer to a band playing "to" the audience. They played to a packed house. They played to huge crowds. And so on.


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    Re: The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's idiomatic. You refer to a band playing "to" the audience. They played to a packed house. They played to huge crowds. And so on.
    The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new young fans as well as senescent devotees.

    Can I say toward in place of to?


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    Re: The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new

    'to' means the benefactor of the concert is the personified audience. 'at' simply denotes space.

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    Re: The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new

    No, no more than you would say "He sang a love song toward his girlfriend."


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    Re: The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new

    You are most welcome as ever, Daruma.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The rock group has never stopped touring, playing to arenas comprised both of new young fans as well as senescent devotees.

    Can I say toward in place of to?
    I'd like to add a few ideas about the difference between "to" and "toward", if I may.

    The preposition "toward" has to do with moving or "pointing in a certain direction in either a physical way or an abstract way, while "to", which also means "in a direction", can be used in other ways as well, such as how it is used in your example sentence.

    playing to arenas - playing for the people in the arenas

    Notice this difference between "to" and "toward".

    look up to - to admire - certainly not a physical "to" - "to" cannot be replaced by "toward" in this phrase - abstract lookng - look up to

    look toward the sky or the ceiling - look up - physical looking - look toward something

    (look up - viewing what is above - or finding information in a book)

    She's looking to her sister for advice in this matter. - expecting advice from her sister - a kind of metaphorical or abtract "looking to", certainly not viewing the sight of her sister in a physical way

    She's looking towards the parking lot, where her sister is parking her car. - viewing her sister parking her car in the parking lot - looking in the direction of the parking lot - seeing the sight of her sister parking her car in the parking lot

    Here "to" and "toward" are interchangeable with little or no difference in meaning - well - there's a little bit of a difference.

    They're walking to the park. - They're going to the park. They're going to spend time in the park.

    They're walking toward the park. - They're walking in the direction of the park, but that doesn't mean they are going to actually be in the park, necessarily.


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