Preposition deletion

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 1 11:34:03 UTC 2008

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM, Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at> wrote:
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> Using 'down' and 'up' without 'to' is allowable in British English in
> certain contexts--whether there's a rule to this I'm not sure.  But one
> goes 'down the pub' .  One also goes 'round' places, such as 'going round
> Mary's house'--whereas in AmE I think I'd have say 'going around to M's
> house'--but maybe I've just lost all of my intuitions.
> Here's a bloggy example with up:
> Tonight, I'm going up London Town to see my lovely Big Fella;
> (
> We have a final-year student who's just embarking on his dissertation
> project on the loss of 'to' after 'go' in some contexts, e.g.  "I'm going
> the pub".  My initial impression was that the contexts in which it happens
> tend to be ones in which the destination is more than a physical
> destination--it's an activity.  But we'll see what turns up when he's
> researched it more properly.
> Lynne

I wonder if it's only after (or perhaps also before) alveolar consonants.

If you can say "I'm going the pub" can you also say "She wants to go my pub"?

Randy Alexander
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