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The Preposition “to”
A preposition is used to link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition is used to indicate the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. Here are some examples of the preposition “to”:

Preposition TO

Used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from:
  • The family came to their house.
  • He drove his car to Chicago.

Used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something:

  • She walked from her house to school.
  • He drove his car from St. Louis to Chicago.

Used for expressing limit of movement or extension:

  • He grew to six feet.
  • He stood up and stretched his hands to the ceiling.

Used for expressing contact or contiguity (on; against; beside; upon):

  • He applied pressure to the wound.
  • We told him to paint the fence.

Used for expressing a point of limit in time (before; until):

  • It is now ten minutes to seven.
  • Our working hours are from eight to four.

Used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention:

  • The emergency team is going to the crash site.
  • He is studying to pass the exam.

Used for expressing destination or appointed end:

  • The judge sentenced the criminal to prison.
  • He running to win the race.

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