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    Return To

    According to definitions near the bottom part of this dictionary page ( learnersdictionary.com/search/return ) , the phrase "return to" could mean restart an activity or go back to a state. But the I saw this sentence in an article:

    ( nytimes.com/1983/03/18/world/soviet-rebuts-focus-of-evil-speech.html )
    "He expressed doubt that the United States would return to common sense after having deserted it for so long, but he pledged that, if genuine changes did come, the Soviet Union would notice them in time and be a reliable partner in honest talks."

    Common sense is a quality, not an activity or state. So, could "return to common sense" be an error?

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    Exclamation Re: Return To

    Clone of banned user.

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    Re: Return To

    One can return to practically anything. The first few citations in COCA mention returning to an era, Yemen, its old currency, the bill, school, the revolution, calm, the wild, the level of greatness, the Colt 45s, normal, surgery, ...


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    Re: Return To

    Closed until banned user clone status confirmed or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Return To

    It is indeed the perennial pain. Thanks, CS.

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