Prepositions to/at/in/into(4)

Money problem. Lesson one A reading
√ A. Go/come/travel (etc.) to
√ B. Been to
√ C. Get and arrive
√ D. Home
√ E. into
√ Get off/on a plain/a bus


Go/come/travel (etc.) to


A. We say go/come/travel (etc.) to a place or event. For example:
  go to America, go to bed, take (somebody) to hospital, return to Italy, go to the bank, come to my house, drive to the airport, go to a concert, be sent to prison

  — When are your friends returning to Italy? (not 'returning in Italy')

  — After the accident three people were taken to hospital.


In the same way we say: on my way to./a journey to./a trip to. welcome to. etc.:

  — Welcome to our country! (not 'welcome in')


Compare to (for movement) and in/at (for position):

  — They are going to France. but They live in France.

  — Can you come to the party? but I'll see you at the party.


B. Been to


  We usually say 'I've been to a place':

  — I've been to Italy four times but I've never been to Rome.

  — Ann has never been to a football match in her life.

  — Jack has got some money. He has just been to the bank.


C. Get and arrive


  We say 'get to a place':

  — What time did they get to London/get to work/get to the party?


But we say 'arrive in ...' or 'arrive at ...' (not 'arrive to').


We say 'arrive in a country or town/city':

  — When did they arrive in Britain/arrive in London?


For other places (buildings etc.) or events, we say 'arrive at':

  — What time did they arrive at the hotel/arrive at the party/arrive at work?


D. Home


  We do not say 'to home'. We say go home/come home/get home/arrive home/on the way home etc. (no preposition):

  — I'm tired. Let's go home. (not 'go to home')

  — I met Caroline on my way home.


But we say 'be at home', 'stay at home', 'do something at home' 


E. into


'Go into ...', 'get into...' etc. = 'enter' (a room/a building/a car etc.):

  — She got into the car and drove away.

  — A bird flew into the kitchen through the window.


We sometimes use in (instead of into):

  — Don't wait outside. Come in the house. (or Come into the house.)


Note that we say 'enter a building/enter a room' etc. (not 'enter into')


 Into антоним out of:

  — Mr Foggy and Mrs Foggy got out of the taxicab and went into a mall.


Get off/on a plain/a bus


Обычно говорят 'get off/on a plane/a train/a bus/':

  —Mr Foggi and Mrs Foggy got on the plain and nobody met them again.

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