English Lesson: Prepositions “To”

Michael Grammar 1 Comment


A lot of people have asked me for help with prepositions. This is a pretty big topic, and so seeing how this is supposed to be a one-point lesson, I will spend a little time each day this week on prepositions.

Today, let’s talk about to. There are basically three cases to use the preposition, to

To: The friend of verbs everywhere
First of all, to is placed before a verb. Grammar fans like to call this the infinitive. Here are some examples:

  • I like to eat pizza.
  • I want to buy a new cell phone.
  • I have to stop drinking so much coffee.

So to + verb is one way to use to.

To: Showing us the way we go
We like to move, and so go is probably one of the best verbs we can use to show movement. We like to go to a variety of places. In fact, the point of this section is go + to + place. We always go to a place and there are just a few exceptions:

  • Brad goes to school every day.
  • They go to the movies on the weekend.
  • Would you like to go to the spring dance with me?

We go to every place there is except home and the “here” words: here, there, everywhere, somewhere, nowhere. For example,

  • After work I want to go home Not go to home
  • Miami seems nice. Let’s go there for vacation. Not let’s go to there
  • My wife said she wants to go somewhere for dinner tomorrow night. Not go to somewhere

To: Showing us direction toward something or someone
When we want to show movement toward a certain object or person, we use to. And we especially use to with verbs that show movement:

  • Can you pass that book to me?
  • Give this message to John when he gets back.
  • I can’t make it to school tomorrow, so please hand my homework to the teacher.

In each of these examples, you can see how something is moving from point A to point B.

Well, I hope you found this lesson to be helpful. If so, why not show it to your friend when you get to work or to school tomorrow!