Could you tell me if the following phrase right?

arrive at his home---1
Why isn't it "arrive his home"? In that phrase, does home equal to house?

I know that" arrive home" because home is adv. so there is no need to add prep.

Jul 11, 2014 6:24 AM
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Fair question. I suppose "arrive home" works because "home" in this example is not a specific place, but a relative place. Your home is not my home.  This also applies to "go to Paris" vs "go abroad". You may be right in thinking it works as an adverb.


However, "his home" is a specific place (and clearly a noun). So, we do use a preposition.

July 13, 2014

You can hear both expressions, but at least where I am from in the US, "arrive at home" is much more common, and sounds more natural in most sentences. Tge phrase alone is not enough to tell us if it sounds more natural in tgat sentence, though. We might need the full sentence. 


I think in spoken language,  "get home" may be used more often than "arrive home" or "arrive at home" either one.


So why is "at" used if either can be used? This is a case where I don't have a satisfying answer. It's just how it is normally spoken when that is used where I am from.

July 13, 2014
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