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    look back at/to someone

    Which is the correct preposition after look back : at or to someone?

    e.g. He was looking back at/to her.

    My English teacher told me that to look back at someone - the person is the focus of the look and to look back to someone - the place where that person is, is the focus of the look.

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    Re: look back at/to someone

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Which is the correct preposition after look back : at or to someone?

    e.g. He was looking back at/to her.

    My English teacher told me that to look back at someone - the person is the focus of the look and to look back to someone - the place where that person is, is the focus of the look.
    We "look at someone" so we "look back at someone".

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    Re: look back at/to someone

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    We "look at someone" so we "look back at someone".
    So the statement above is wrong?

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    Re: look back at/to someone

    Bhai is as usual sharp at his answers

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    Re: look back at/to someone

    The phrase "look back to" is used to mean "think about something in your past."

    I look back to how I though in the 1990s, when things seemed so hopeless, and can hardly believe my good fortune now.

    I look back to Martha Zippergeist, who I knew as a child and as an adult, and to how she was able to take her passion for saving old homes into a thriving restoration busiess, and I think that nothing is impossible if you have ambition and courage!

    So it is POSSIBLE to "look back to" a person, but not to mean that you turn your head and look at them behind you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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