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

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Feb 9 04:08:12 UTC 2015


In that case, render my question null :)

> Wilson Gray <mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> February 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM
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> On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 10:26 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>
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> Wouldn't that be hard to determine, given that "to home" = "at home" for
> millions of Americans, already? A sentence like
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> Listen at this, now: I'll be to home along about five in the evening
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> wouldn't strike nobody as strange, where I'm from.
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> Benjamin Barrett <mailto:gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> February 8, 2015 at 7:26 PM
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Also, the title of the book "Back to Home and Duty: Women Between the
> Wars, 1919-39" shows the answer can depend on meaning.
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