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As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years, my work took me to many places and allowed me to see many things that I might not otherwise have had a chance to observe.
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"my work took me to many places"
This is grammatically correct, isn't it?
"... hard work can take you places."
Is this grammatically correct, too?
Last edited by Daruma; 09-Sep-2009 at 05:48.
Isn't "... hard work can take you to places" correct?
"my work took me to many places" - "to many places" - noun
"... hard work can take you places." "places" - adverb - There's nothing else this can be even though it's not listed as an adverb in the dictionary.
Is this grammatically correct, too? - Yes, but, of course, it's not meant in the literal sense of traveling places. See the colloquial expression "go places". He uses colloquial speech, but he doesn't make the same sort of grammatical errors as the other one. Nor does he say things that are illogical.
I suspect the expression "go places" is marked as "colloquial" because it uses "places" as an adverb, and "place" is technically not an adverb. It's a noun, much like "my place" or "my home" is a noun. However, "home" is an adverb by itself: They're going home. They're going places. - see the expression below.
go places: Information from Answers.com
Make progress, succeed, as in I suspect they'll be going places with the new product, or Now that she has her doctorate I'm sure she'll go places. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
place: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
Last edited by PROESL; 09-Sep-2009 at 08:06.
The sentence could be rewritten:
My job as a fashion photographer, for more than thirty-five years, took me to many places all over the world.
Can a job take you to many places? I think so. It can also take you places, and you can go places. I think the same is true of work.
My work as a fashion photographer, for more than thirty-five years, took me to many places all over the world.