Is "The first place he went to was to his bed." a wrong sentence?

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The first place he went to was to his bed.

My point is, is the second "to" superfluous in the sentence?

dennylv

Posted 2014-03-05T06:17:27.437

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1Are to required? The first place he went was his bed! – Maulik V – 2014-03-05T07:39:09.457

What about "The first place he went to was his office"? – dennylv – 2014-03-05T07:48:55.610

1Yeah, I'd agree. to is dropped if it's usual place especially home. The first place he went was to his bed. Still...it's not fulfilling. Good question. +1 – Maulik V – 2014-03-05T07:58:58.797

1The second to is indeed superfluous. – oerkelens – 2014-03-05T09:23:39.920

Answers

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They are all correct: this is all a matter of flavor of the language, what you're trying to emphasise and what you're trying to imply. This is going to be heavily influenced by the context and the general pace of the text leading up to it.

Yes, in fact, @MaulikV is right in the comments, none of the "to"s are actually required.

All good sentences:

  1. "The first place he went was his bed" -- rather casual feel. fewer words. lighter
  2. "The first place he went to was his bed" -- hanging preposition, feels informal.
  3. "The first place he went was to his bed" -- feels stronger, with "to his bed" as the object
  4. "The first place he went to was to his bed" -- hanging preposition + full bodied object feels more stern or full of intent.

Metagrapher

Posted 2014-03-05T06:17:27.437

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1Preposition rather than participle. – snailplane – 2014-03-05T13:40:51.107

1I never can get this 'preposition' and 'participle' – NANDAGOPAL – 2014-03-05T14:35:56.527