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    manojgogoi is offline Newbie
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    Please clear my confusion

    I am a student.

    Why is " I go to school. " correct and "I go to home." incorrect?

    please help me out.
    Last edited by manojgogoi; 03-Jul-2010 at 10:00. Reason: I am a student.

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    Re: Please clear my confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by manojgogoi View Post
    I am a student.

    Why is " I go to school. " correct and "I go to home." incorrect?

    please help me out.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Manojgogoi.

    (1) I have checked my books, and this is what I have learned:

    (a) The word "home" is an exception. (As you know, all languages

    have exceptions to the rule.)

    (b) When you use "home" with a verb of motion, do NOT use a

    preposition:

    He went home.

    He came home.

    I was home by six o'clock. (In this sentence, "was" is like a verb of

    motion because it = I came home by six o'clock.)

    *****

    For "perfect" English, you should say:

    Tom is not AT home. (You should use "at" because there

    is NO idea of MOTION -- moving.)

    But in regular English, everyone usually says:

    Tom is not home.

    ***** Thank you for your question *****

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    Re: Please clear my confusion

    Manojgogoi asked the question why 'to' is not used with home.
    I don't think the question can be answered. Certain things about English just can't be rationalised, you just have to accept them
    Parser expained that the preposition is not required with 'verbs of motion'. But why?

    The same thing goes with the words, 'here' and 'there'.

    He comes here. (no 'to)
    You go there. (no 'to')

    Could it be that 'home', 'here' and 'there' are abstract nouns and therefore, prepositions are not required?

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    Last edited by tedtmc; 03-Jul-2010 at 15:04.

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    Re: Please clear my confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Manojgogoi asked the question why 'to' is not used with home.
    I don't think the question can be answered. Certain things about English just can't be rationalised, you just have to accept it.
    Parser expained that the preposition is not required with 'verbs of motion'. But why?

    The same thing goes with the words 'here' and 'there'.

    He comes here. (no 'to)
    You go there. (no 'to')

    Could it be that 'home', 'here' and 'there' are abstract nouns and therefore, prepositions are not required?

    not a teacher
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Tedtmc.






    (1) You have asked an excellent question.

    (2) My favorite book says that "no preposition is used when

    the noun 'home' follows a verb expressing motion."

    (a) Other books seem to agree that "home" is the ONLY

    noun to be used like this after a verb of motion.

    (3) I respectfully submit that most experts classify "here"

    and "there" as adverbs, and -- as you know -- adverbs

    modify verbs:

    (a) As you also know, the adverb "there" already has a preposition:

    "at/in/to that place." (You go there = You go to that place.)

    (4) You are absolutely correct: the nice person who asked

    the question should understand that there are certain exceptions

    that we all have to accept.

    ***** Thank you *****

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    Re: Please clear my confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by manojgogoi View Post
    I am a student.

    Why is " I go to school. " correct and "I go to home." incorrect?

    please help me out.
    Not a teacher.

    To a native speaker "I go to school" is more commonly an idiom meaning, basically "I am a student."

    Or used to identify where someone is a student "I go to school at West Side High."

    It's not usually said to indicate motion towards a building that is a school.

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