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That nasty, annoying, troublesome, awkward, confusing, wonderful, useful prepostion "to" or not...

The preposition 'to' is used in approximately 15 different ways - 15 different uses/purposes.

Sometimes, the preposition 'to' can be confused with the 'to' used in infinitive verbs.

Look at the sentences below and determine if the 'to' is the preposition or part of the infinitive verb.

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I will walk to the store.    Preposition

I plan to store my old books.   Infinitive

This is my first visit to Africa.   Preposition

I’m going to party all night.  Infinitive

We’re going to a party.   Preposition

We all went to the movie theater.   Preposition

Please send it back to me.   Preposition

I wanted to go home early.   Infinitive

Place the cursor to the left of the first word.   Preposition

He wanted to leave early.   Infinitive

The working week is Monday to Friday.   Preposition

It’s five to ten.   Preposition

I wanted to wake up at seven-thirty AM.   Infinitive

She was close to tears.   Preposition

I don’t know what to expect.   Infinitive

I am deeply grateful to my parents.  Preposition

I wish you hadn’t drawn attention to it.  Preposition

Did it take you a long time to finish this little quiz?   Infinitive

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Apr 16, 2018 3:52 PM
Comments · 10
To to or not to to, that is the question. Whether it is better to suffer the slings and grades of a Desmond or ... ?
April 16, 2018
Very tricky this "to" word. Especially when it comes to the phrasal verbs. I mess it all the time with "for" and "on"...
April 16, 2018

Thanks, Richard! I appreciate that coming from you. By the way, I can think of no better way to explain things than you have done with perfectly chosen or invented examples. It is not at all easy.

PS the 'to to...' was hardly original. It was modified from a tacky joke (I have a dustbin brain for these)... Why don't owls make love in the rain? Because it is too wet to woo.

April 16, 2018
"Be, or not be, that is the question" Nope, sorry that just doesn't work.
April 16, 2018
  • Антон... I can see that you like the word "to" too.
  • That's good because
  • it is an important little word. That you for your comments.


bluelottle... "to to or not to to"... I must say that that is truly creative. Well-done! and thank you for your entertaining comments.

April 16, 2018
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Richard-Business Eng
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