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    Back to where vs back where

    Hi,

    Is it grammatically okay to omit the "to" in the following sentence?

    1) Put something back to where it belongs

    2) Put something back where it belongs

    What's the difference between them? which one of them is grammatically correct?

    Similarly we have these 2 sentences

    3) Go back to where you came from

    4) Go back where you came from

    any help will be appreciated

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    #2

    Re: Back to where vs back where

    Numbers 2,3, and 4 are all acceptable, if you add a period at the end of the sentences.

    The first one is not acceptable.
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    #3

    Re: Back to where vs back where

    The reason #1 is wrong is because we don't use "put something to somewhere". It's just "put something somewhere". We do, however, use "go back to somewhere", and "go back somewhere" depending on the context. "Where" is something of an exception here.

    Go back to where you came from.
    Go back where you came from.

    Go back home.
    Go back to home.

    Go back to Italy.
    Go back Italy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Back to where vs back where

    Thanks for the replies :).My confusion is pretty much cleared up now, however, Does this mean that "put something somewhere" sentence construction doesn't need a preposition? or is the inappropriacy limited to the preposition "to"?

    for example :
    Put your books in your bag. ( preposition = in)


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    #5

    Re: Back to where vs back where

    1. Put a period (full stop) at the end of a sentence, not a comma.
    2. Capitalize the word at the start of a sentence.
    3. Maybe I don't really understand the question, but we use prepositions in "put something somewhere" sentences all the time. Examples:

    Put that on the shelf.
    Put that in your pocket.
    Put that under the bed.
    Put that inside the folder.
    Put that in the trash can.
    Put that hat on your head.
    Put that in the cup.
    Put that down.

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    Re: Back to where vs back where

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    1. Put a period (full stop) at the end of a sentence, not a comma.
    2. Capitalize the word at the start of a sentence.
    3. Maybe I don't really understand the question, but we use prepositions in "put something somewhere" sentences all the time. Examples:

    Put that on the shelf.
    Put that in your pocket.
    Put that under the bed.
    Put that inside the folder.
    Put that in the trash can.
    Put that hat on your head.
    Put that in the cup.
    Put that down.
    1)Thanks for pointing it out."However" is acting as a transition word, not as an interruptor.
    2)Thanks for providing me with those examples.
    Last edited by Sami kumar; 06-Jan-2016 at 11:31.

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