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    the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Hi, after finishing "on", now I got confused with to. Very glad to have you there to help me.

    In the dictionary, there are some sentence I don't know.

    1. With the resultant condition of: nursed her back to health.


    I don't know what is the resultant condition of ? In this case, is the resultant condition = health ? And dose there need a object after of ? I can't understand the meaning of the word "to" in this sentence.

    2. Used to indicate appropriation or possession: looked for the top to the jar.


    I know the meaning of the word appropriation and possession, but I can't understand top to the jar associate with appropriation or possession.

    3. As an accompaniment or a complement of: danced to the tune.

    As above, I know the word accompaniment, but I don't know what's relation of the "to" to accompaniment, also, in this sentence, the complement of what ? Is complement of tune ?
    Last edited by Andy Lin; 09-Jan-2016 at 02:51.

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Please edit your post using correct capitalisation.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Hello Andy.
    Welcome to Using English.
    First, please start to use capital letters. You must start every sentence with a capital letter and you must capitalize the pronoun "I" - always!

    I strongly suggest you do not use a dictionary to understand preposition. It will not help you the way simply reading texts in English will help.

    "the resultant condition" - as a result/consequence. Yes, health was the result of the nursing. They led us back to safety. Same thing.
    The top goes with the jar. It's the jar's lid. It's the top to the jar.

    As a native English speaker, I can barely understand how dictionaries define really, really common words like this.

    Concentrate on reading to get a "feel" for how these are used instead.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    edit completed

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hello Andy.
    Welcome to Using English.
    First, please start to use capital letters. You must start every sentence with a capital letter and you must capitalize the pronoun "I" - always!

    I strongly suggest you do not use a dictionary to understand preposition. It will not help you the way simply reading texts in English will help.

    "the resultant condition" - as a result/consequence. Yes, health was the result of the nursing. They led us back to safety. Same thing.
    The top goes with the jar. It's the jar's lid. It's the top to the jar.

    As a native English speaker, I can barely understand how dictionaries define really, really common words like this.

    Concentrate on reading to get a "feel" for how these are used instead.
    Thank you, teacher. I have been studying English for a year and a half. Wish to have great score in TOEIC.
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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You must start every sentence with a capital letter.
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Lin View Post
    thank you, teacher.
    What do you notice about your first word here, Andy?

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Sorry, I didn't notice it

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Lin View Post
    Sorry, I didn't notice it.
    And you must end your sentences with the appropriate punctuation mark.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jan-2016 at 23:16.

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    Re: the definition of the word "to" in dictionary

    OK, I got it.

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