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    Art and architecture for Louis XIV had to serve one purpose - the glory of the king.
    This type of art isn't to everyone's taste

    Hi, I can't understand why "to" is there. I mean, if the sentence is "This type of art is not everyone's taste", It would make sense! Could you explain this please?

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    You can remove a lot of preposition and things will still make sense, but that doesn't mean we should. We say that something is/isn't to my taste, and this allows a degree of flexibility as it doesn't necessarily mean a total rejection of it as tasteless, but that we have some problems with it.

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    So This type of art isn't to everyone's taste means that we can't say that this type of art is a total tasteless to everyone, but can say that it has some problems which cause almost everyone to nearly reject it as tastelessness. Am I right?

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    Not everyone- if it's not to my taste, I accept that you and others may like it. If it's tasteless, I don't see why anyone would like it.

    I don't like Elton John's music, but I respect a lot of his ideas and opinions, so I would say he's not to my taste. I can't stand Madonna and don't think she has any redeeming qualities- I wouldn't say she's not to my taste because it's not strong enough to express my feelings. Others may think she's great, but I can't see where they're coming from.

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    "Tasteless" is still very subjective. It's not really possible for anyone to say that something is tasteless - you're guaranteed to find someone who likes it, no matter what it is. "Tasteless" is a statement of opinion.

    Going back to the original question though, in my opinion, "to" isn't entirely necessary.

    It's not to my taste = It's not my taste.

    I've heard both.

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    Re: is to

    Thank you. I have a similar question. In a movie called "the Help",

    There is a situation.

    "Not a big fan of oysters, huh?"
    "Oysters are a vehicle for crackers and ketchup."
    "Well, here's to new beginnings." (Its's very similar to "cheers!" when people drink...in a situation)

    Does that "to" has the same role in the sentence?
    I can't understand..

    Thank you!

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    Re: is to

    Not really, no. "Here's to..." is like a shortened/different form of "Let's raise a glass to ..." If you wish someone or something well by toasting them with a drink, you literally raise your glass towards them/in their direction.

    "Here's [a glass raised] to Bob."

    Of course, you can't literally raise a glass in the direction of "new beginnings" but the theory is the same.

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