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To find out more about prepositions, please watch the following video.
PREPOSITIONS – DIRECTION: to and towards
Some prepositions show where something is going. They are called prepositions of direction.
USAGE of to and towards
To (=till (riktning) – is normally used with a verb showing movement which also shows the result of the movement in which direction or towards which place or person.
Towards (=mot, i riktning mot) – is used when the movement is show but not the result.
To – to express movement towards something and actually getting there.
- Sara is going to the dentist tomorrow.
- Sara walks to work every day.
- Sara was driving to the park (this was also her end destination).
Towards – to express movement in the direction of something.
- Sara turned towards Sam to ask him a question.
- Sara was driving the car towards the park (not necessarily meaning that this was her end destination).
To is used more often than towards and can be used instead of towards.
Towards however cannot be used instead of to.
- When I saw Sarah she was walking to her office.
- When I saw Sarah she was walking towards her office.
- Sarah walks to work every day.
- Sarah walks towards work everyday.
- Home* – Sarah went home (note: I was at home).
- Downtown – She lives downtown.
- Uptown – Sam lives uptown (in New York city).
- Inside – He went inside because it was cold.
- Outside – They went outside.
- Downstairs – Let’s go downstairs.
- Upstairs – Let’s go upstairs.
*Home in this example is behaving as an adverb expressing direction. No prepositions is needed with home in this case when it is used with a verb referring to direction.
Once you arrive home, you are then at home and no more direction is suggested, so at is then the appropriate preposition to use with home.
- Will you be at home tonight or are you going out? No, I’ll be at home. ~ I’ll pop round and see you then.
1. NOUNS and PREPOSITIONS
- The charity raised awarness of breast cancer.
- Sara participated in the event.
- Sara has a great interest in charity work.
2. ADJECTIVES and PREPOSITIONS
- Sara was pleased with the outcome of the business deal.
- Sara was very suspicious of her boss.
- Sara was satisfied with her job at the law firm.
3. VERBS and PREPOSITIONS
- Sara wanted to find out more about participating in charity work.
- She did not want to worry about things.
- Sara wanted to work for a charity.
* You may sometimes use different prepositions for these locations.
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