Why we say To go home
TO is a preposition. We use TO when we talk about movement.
- I am going to New York next week.
- They went to a party last Friday.
When we say:
I am going home now. I got home at 7:00 PM. She came home late. He is coming home Saturday.
we are using HOME as an adverb of place.
- He is going upstairs.
- The children are going downstairs.
- The dog is going outside.
- The students are going home for Christmas.
When we use TO GO , TO COME, TO ARRIVE before HOME, we do not need the preposition TO because HOME is an adverb of place in this situation.
Learn more below!
Adverbs of place:
tell us WHERE an action occurs or something happens.
- Adverbs of place are placed after the main verb or clause they modify.
- Adverbs of place do not modify other adverbs or adjectives.
Here are some examples
- We can’t find it anywhere.
- Most people don’t walk backwards.
- I left my tablet downstairs.
- The store is far from my house.
- The children are playing indoors today.
- The movie is playing nearby so we can walk.
- The cat is outside.
- The children are coming home Saturday.
Adverb of place or Preposition?
- An adverb of place modifies a verb and takes no object.
- I sat down to watch a movie.
- I turned around.
- I have not been working and I am falling behind.
- Some adverbs of place end in “WARDS” and they express MOVEMENT in a specific DIRECTION
- Upwards: Up is the direction. The nurse asked her patient to move her heard upwards.
- Some adverbs of place end in “WHERE” and they express LOCATION.
- I can’t find the book anywhere and I know it must be somewhere.
- TOWARDS is never an adverb. It takes an object.
- We can say TOWARDS or TOWARD.
- They walked towards or toward the dog because they thought it was cute and friendly.
A preposition takes an object.
- I put your shoes behind the door.
- I am wearing a belt around my neck.
- The children ran down the stairs.
Note: You may recognize some of these adverbs!
about / above / abroad / anywhere / away
back / backwards (also backward) / behind / below
down / downstairs / elsewhere
east /west / south / north /
far / here / in / indoors / inside
near / nearby / off / on / out / outside / over
there / towards / under / up / upstairs / where
Try the adverbs quiz!