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    prepositions before home!

    I have often noticed that we don’t usually use a preposition before the word ‘home’, as in the sentence “ I am going home.”. Could someone please a grammatical reasoning of this omission?

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    I have often noticed that we don’t usually use a preposition before the word ‘home’, as in the sentence “ I am going home.”. Could someone please a grammatical reasoning of this omission?
    It isn't an omission. "Home" is an adverb in that use.


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    Re: prepositions before home!

    So, is it correct to say " I am going to home.", when I want to use it as a noun?

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    So, is it correct to say " I am going to home.", when I want to use it as a noun?
    No, not really. One could say I am going to my home/house, but "going home" is more natural.

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No, not really. One could say I am going to my home/house, but "going home" is more natural.
    Prepositions originally refer to place and direction that's why they are called pre-positions and as already said home as an adverb of place doesn't really need to even if it is used as a noun since it refers to place inherently. In additon, the word home is a word of high frequency so that idiomatic expressions like go home are coined. Although we use go to there is for example no go to shopping.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 14-Dec-2006 at 23:21.

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    Prepositions originally refer to place and direction that's why they are called pre-positions and as already said home as an adverb of place doesn't really need to even if it is used as a noun since it refers to place inherently. In additon, the word home is a word of high frequency so that idiomatic expressions like go home are coined. Although we use go to there is for example no go to shopping.
    As far as I know, "preposition" comes from Latin "place before" and it refers to their position before nouns. The same is true with prepositive and postpositive. We don't say "go to shopping" but we do say "go to shops/a shop".


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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Thanks Mike and Dr. Jamshed for all your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asad hussain View Post
    Thanks Mike and Dr. Jamshed for all your help.
    You're welcome.

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No, not really. One could say I am going to my home/house, but "going home" is more natural.
    By "not really", do you mean that it's marginally acceptable to and not completely incorrect to say "to home"?

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    Re: prepositions before home!

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    By "not really", do you mean that it's marginally acceptable to and not completely incorrect to say "to home"?
    No, not really. He means it is not used. I daresay that no native speaker would ever say go to home. He might, for example, say, "I want to go home", but he would not say, "I want to go to home".
    A: Do you want to go home?
    B: Yes, I want to go home.
    A: OK, let's go home.
    ~R

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