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    "Start home" or "start for home"?

    It's an exercise in my textbook:

    Tina kept a diary of her trip. There are many errors with nouns and with verb and pronoun agreement. Find and correct them.

    October27. I have been on the (canary) Canary Islands for three days now. I'll start home when the wearthers are better. I was so surprised when I picked up my mails today. My family sent some birthday presents to me. My Birthday is the 31st. I won`t open any gifts until then.
    The ILI English Series, High-intermediate 1, page 8

    Shouldn't it be "start for home"? It's not marked as one of the errors in the teacher's manual.

    Here's the relevant sense on Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary:
    6. always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction
    We'll start for home soon.
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    Re: "Start home" or "start for home"?

    I think 'home' can be used as an adverb, as in 'go home'.
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    Re: "Start home" or "start for home"?

    Matthew's right.

    Search home in the dictionary you linked to for confirmation.

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    Re: "Start home" or "start for home"?

    Only start for home​ works for me in that sentence.
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