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

Paul A Johnston, Jr. paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Mon Feb 9 06:00:23 UTC 2015


Sounds fine to me, too; not natively, but here in Kalamazoo.  I always took this as a loan translation from either German "zu hause" or Dutch "thuis".  You get "i'm sittin here to the office", too, in this area.
Paul Johnston

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> From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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> Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2015 10:37:42 PM
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> On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 10:26 PM, Benjamin Barrett
> <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>
> wrote:
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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.
> >
> 
> Wouldn't that be hard to determine, given that "to home" = "at home"
> for
> millions of Americans, already? A sentence like
> 
> Listen at this, now: I'll be to home along about five in the evening
> 
> wouldn't strike nobody as strange, where I'm from.
> 
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