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English definition of “to”

to

preposition (UNTIL)    strong /tuː/ weak // /tu/ // US  //
B1 until a particular time , state , or level is reached : It's only two weeks to Christmas . Unemployment has risen to almost eight million. He drank himself to death . She nursed me back to health .Until a particular moment A1 used when saying the time , to mean before the stated hour : It's twenty to six.Days and times of day Grammar:No or not?No and not are the two most common words we use to indicate negation. We use no before a noun phrase:Grammar:Not only … but alsoWe use not only X but also Y in formal contexts:Grammar:NounsNouns are one of the four major word classes, along with verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Nouns are the largest word class.Grammar:Types of nounsA noun refers to a person, animal or thing. Some examples are:Grammar:ToTo is a preposition. It is also used as part of the infinitive (the to-infinitive):Grammar:To as a preposition: destination or directionWe can use to as a preposition to indicate a destination or direction:Grammar:To as a preposition: receiver of an actionWe use to with verbs such as give, hand, send, write, to indicate the person or thing that receives or experiences the object of the verb:Grammar:To as a preposition: timeWe use to in telling the time, when we refer to the number of minutes before the hour:Grammar:To as a preposition: approximate numbersWe can use to when we refer to an approximate number somewhere between a lower number and a higher number:Grammar:To as a preposition: after nounsA number of nouns are followed by to. These include nouns expressing direction or destination such as door, entrance, road, route, way:Grammar:To as a preposition: after verbsSome verbs are followed by the preposition to, including be used, get used, listen, look forward, object, reply, respond:Grammar:To as a preposition: after adjectivesSome adjectives connected with people’s behaviour and feelings are followed by to, including cruel, faithful, generous, kind, loyal, nasty:Grammar:To: the to-infinitiveWe use to before a verb to make the to-infinitive form:
(Definition of to preposition (UNTIL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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