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    #1

    He took us many places.

    Does "He took us many places" sound more natural than "He took us to many places" in colloquial English?
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    #2

    Re: He took us many places.

    No. 'He took us to a lot of places' sounds colloquial.

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    #3

    Re: He took us many places.

    Thank you. But I still want to know if the omission of "to" is quite acceptable in casual speech.

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    #4

    Re: He took us many places.

    It's not colloquial in BrE. AmE speakers will comment when they get up in five hours' time.

    EDIT: click here to read an American's opinion.

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    #5

    Re: He took us many places.

    Thank you. I'll wait for them to wake up.

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    #6

    Re: He took us many places.

    I would say "He took us a lot of places" without the "to" (BrE).

    He took me a lot of places I'd never been before.

    I wouldn't omit the "to" in formal writing/speaking or in an exam, but you'll hear it without "to" quite frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He took us many places.

    Thank you. So even in BrE the "to" is often omitted in casual speech.

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    #8

    Re: He took us many places.

    That is, effectively, what I said. However, you will note the bhaisahab disagreed and said it's not colloquial in BrE. You'll find this a lot in English. It might be a regional difference or it might simply be that one native speaker has never encountered a particular construction and someone else has.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He took us many places.

    Thank you for your explanation. But your comment "I wouldn't omit the "to" in formal writing/speaking or in an exam, but you'll hear it without "to" quite frequently." is more important to me because what I really wanted to know is whether I should teach the omission of the "to" in the sentence to Japanese high school students or not. The answer seems clearly to be 'No'.

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    #10

    Re: He took us many places.

    Quote Originally Posted by emp0608 View Post
    Thank you. So even in BrE the "to" is often omitted in casual speech.
    It might be regional, but you will hear it in BrE. I am not sure how frequent it is, though, but it's not uncommon.

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