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    "Start school" and "start to school"

    They taught it to me at school in time for me to begin to read before starting to school. (From Endora Welty's writing)

    I have two questions

    1) Is school a noun or a verb in the above sentence?
    2) If school is a noun, why not just say "start school"?
    3) If school is a noun, does that mean "to" is a preposition? If so, can we also say something like "He started to a new career?"

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    Re: "Start school" and "start to school"

    Eudora (not Endora) Welty wrote about the US South of early last century. It's possible Southern US slang of that period.
    You've asked three questions, not two.
    The sentence is very strange. "To school" might mean "to teach". She can't have learnt it at school to prepare her for starting school.

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    Re: "Start school" and "start to school"

    Thank you very much for your helpful response!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Mar-2015 at 00:59. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: "Start school" and "start to school"

    There's no need to write a new post to say 'Thank you' or to quote our replies back to us.

    Just click the Thank button on any post you find helpful.

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