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Mr.Lucky_One

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Hi.
I would like to ask what part of speech the word "home" is in the sentence below.
"After three hours walking, I finally got home."
Is it a noun or an adverb? Is it correct to say "After three hours walking, I finally got to my home." and would it be still correct to say "After three hours walking, I finally got the lake."? Or is "After three hours walking, I finally got to the lake." the only correct way to say it? If they both are possible which one is more preferable? Do they both mean exactly the same thing?
 
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"To the lake" is the only correct way. If you "got the lake" it would mean the lake was now your property. After Grandpa died I got the lake in his will.
 

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"To the lake" is the only correct way. If you "got the lake" it would mean the lake was now your property. After Grandpa died I got the lake in his will.
Thanks. I am a little bit confused with the following.
get - definition of get by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here it is given analogical example (transitive verb/point 5.a). Is "home" an adverb in that example and in mine? I do think that it is. But as far as I know adverb may not be a direct object whereas transitive verb always need have one.
 

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If you forced me to choose among traditional terms, I would say "home" is a direct object of "get" in this case. If it's transitive, it needs an object.

But, "home" is a special case. You can't "get work" or "get restaurant" or "get airport."

So, I'd be more inclined to define "get home" as a phrasal verb
 

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Thanks. I am a little bit confused with the following.
get - definition of get by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here it is given analogical example (transitive verb/point 5.a). Is "home" an adverb in that example and in mine? I do think that it is. But as far as I know adverb may not be a direct object whereas transitive verb always need have one.

It's funny that I guessed you were Russian without even looking at Member Info (no offence:)), because you, like my students, want to understand WHY the English say it, you are not satisfied with just trying to memorize WHAT THEY NORMALLY SAY. (I also have such a habit, but try to get rid of it).
In your example 5. get = arrive at, so the preposition is there, "inside" the verb get already. The verb "get" is not transitive in this context, so the dictionary is a bit wrong, I think. The best thing we can do, though, is not to think about verbs being transitive or intransitive, but concentrate on the phrase itself - "to get home" and try to memorize it as it is.
 
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If you forced me to choose among traditional terms, I would say "home" is a direct object of "get" in this case. If it's transitive, it needs an object.

But, "home" is a special case. You can't "get work" or "get restaurant" or "get airport."

So, I'd be more inclined to define "get home" as a phrasal verb

I agree that "home" is a special case, but that is because it acts as adverb there. It does also with "arrive", "go", "travel", "return", etc. I would not call it a phrasal verb.

See home as an adverb: home - definition of home by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
 
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