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"I've got to be to work in less than an hour."
Shouldn't it be "....at work...."?
Why would a person say that? Is that a regionalism?
Who said it? In what context did you encounter it?
It's from a new American series titled "The Americans". It's about KGB moles operating on US soil during the Cold War. A couple of kids are hitchking. A guy who's driving by pulls over and asks where they are headed. The kids kind of don't know if they should accept a ride from a stranger. The guy says "Well, listen I don't have a hole lot of time folks. I('ve) gotta be to work...well in less than an hour."
He doesn't care whether he's speaking grammatically or not.
Grammatically, it should be either "I've got to get to work ..." or "I've got to be at work ...". However, as we've said here many times, TV and film dialogue, and music lyrics, should not be relied upon as examples of great English.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Mar-2013 at 15:05.
The speaker who said that evidently had some southern background. He also said " Y'all ever hitchhiked?"