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    To the finish line

    According to a popular usage of the preposition "to":

    "He worked to 5:00pm."

    'to' is used to designate a point in time when an activity ends. So, in the following:

    "Polish veteran Tomasz Gollob held the lead to the finish line for his second Grand Prix win of the year."

    is the part "held the lead to the finish line" wrong, because "the finish line" is not a point in time, but a point in the physical world. Could it be corrected by using this:

    "held the lead to when he crossed the finish line"
    ?

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    Re: To the finish line

    According to a popular usage of the preposition "to":

    "He worked to 5:00pm."

    I would not say this. "He worked until 5:00 PM" is natural and far more common than "to 5:00 PM."

    'to' is used to designate a point in time when an activity ends.

    Sometimes, but not necessarily. To has many uses, and places are one of them. I am going to the store.

    So, in the following:

    "Polish veteran Tomasz Gollob held the lead to the finish line for his second Grand Prix win of the year."

    is the part "held the lead to the finish line" wrong, because "the finish line" is not a point in time, but a point in the physical world.

    It is correct as written.

    Could it be corrected by using this:

    "held the lead to when he crossed the finish line"?

    That is not an acceptable usage.

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    Re: To the finish line

    Thread closed. Usual pest.

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