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    Question Is 'to' a preposition or a conjunction

    I am creating a list of words according to parts of speech, and I don't know if 'to' is a preposition or a conjunction.
    'to' like in: She went to the party.
    They want to learn.
    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Is 'to' a preposition or a conjunction

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    I am creating a list of words according to parts of speech, and I don't know if 'to' is a preposition or a conjunction.
    'to' like in: She went to the party.
    They want to learn.
    Thanks for your help
    To is a preposition.

    Uses of "to"
    To occurs with several classes of verbs.

    1. verb + to + infinitive
    Verbs in this group express willingness, desire, intention, or obligation.

    willingness: be willing, consent, refuse
    desire: desire, want, wish, like, ask, request, prefer
    intention: intend, plan, prepare
    obligation: be obligated, have, need
    Examples:

    (9) I refuse to allow you to intimidate me with your threats.
    (10) I'd like to ask her how long she's been skiing.
    (11) I plan to graduate this summer.
    (12) Henry had to pay his tuition at the Bursar's office.

    2. In other cases "to" is used as an ordinary preposition.
    verbs of communication: listen, speak (but not tell), relate, appeal (in the sense of 'plead,' not 'be attractive')
    verbs of movement: move, go, transfer, walk/run/swim/ride/drive/ fly, travel

    For more information, click on the following link:

    Prepositions of Direction: To, On (to), In (to)

    and a useful exercise:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/349.html

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