[Ads-l] Loss of the English dative "home"?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Feb 9 03:26:14 UTC 2015


I wonder if things like "back to home," meaning the home page of a 
website are resulting in more people using "to home" in reference to 
one's residence.

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2752963 asks this very 
question, and while is told "to home" is wrong, the question is an 
indication that the "to home" use might be spreading. There's also such 
a question at 
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130127051438AAqSmIh with 
people going both ways.

Also, the title of the book "Back to Home and Duty: Women Between the 
Wars, 1919-39" shows the answer can depend on meaning.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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