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    We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Hi,

    The sentence below comes from a book. I wonder whether it's correct or not. Should it be "We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby"?

    We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who live nearby.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    I'd use lives.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    *Not a teacher*

    Yes 'lives' works because it refers to ONE of the shepherds, which is a singular noun, and 'lives' is for singular nouns while 'live' is for plural nouns.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Should it be "We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby"?
    Why is it home not house? If it is correct, why was "to" used?

    Thanks for yor replies in advance.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Why is it home not house? If it is correct, why was "to" used?

    Thanks for yor replies in advance.
    "Home" or "house" would work equally well in that sentence.

    Why was "to" used? What would you prefer?!

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    [QUOTE=euncu;647118]Why is it home not house? If it is correct, why was "to" used?

    We go to someone´s house or home. When we go to our house or home (or apartment,) we go home.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 02-Sep-2010 at 17:54. Reason: punctuation error.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    Why was "to" used? What would you prefer?!
    I meant that as far as I know the preposition "to" is not used with "home".
    I take it from your reply that I was wrong.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I meant that as far as I know the preposition "to" is not used with "home".
    I take it from your reply that I was wrong.
    It's not used with the word "home" alone but if it's before "the home" then it's fine.

    Where are you going?
    I'm going home.

    Where are you going?
    I'm going to the home of a friend.

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    ... but I don't think the 'the' is the main differentiator - although it does mark the status of 'home' as a noun rather than an adverb. The way I look at it is, if the subject of the goer lives at the home, there's no need for a 'to': 'I'm going home/They're going home...'. This link between the subject and the 'home' is violated by a question such as 'Can I come home with you?' (which does occur, but which sounds a bit odd to me - it sounds as though the speaker lives at my home).

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    Re: We can go to the home of one of the shepherds who lives nearby

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... but I don't think the 'the' is the main differentiator - although it does mark the status of 'home' as a noun rather than an adverb. The way I look at it is, if the subject of the goer lives at the home, there's no need for a 'to': 'I'm going home/They're going home...'. This link between the subject and the 'home' is violated by a question such as 'Can I come home with you?' (which does occur, but which sounds a bit odd to me - it sounds as though the speaker lives at my home).

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    I hope nobody has taken this as if it were a 'rule'. I'm not sure about it; and the more I think about it the more exceptions I find: 'She went home with him' isn't about her home - so it's not about subjects. I still think there's an element of belonging about it though; but I can't think what...

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