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Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:59:08 AM

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Hi,
"You use to when indicating the position of something. For example if something is to your left, it is nearer your left than your right side." With respect to this definition, what does "to" mean in the below?
1- "You will see the chapel on the hill to your left."
2- "Hemingway's studio is to the right."
Fyfardens
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:35:53 AM
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Look straight ahead. Then direct your gaze to the left by turning your head in an anti-clockwise direction. You will see the chapel on the hill.

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:09:13 AM

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Fyfardens wrote:
Look straight ahead. Then direct your gaze to the left by turning your head in an anti-clockwise direction. You will see the chapel on the hill.


So doesn't this definition "it is nearer your left than your right side" make sense here?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:24:28 AM
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In this kind of sentence I would think of "to" as meaning "towards".

"Look to the right, look to the left, then look to the right again!" was the saying we were all taught as children about crossing the road. (As you know, we drive on the right). It means, literally "Stand at the crossing - look towards the right to see if any cars are coming. Then look towards the left....etc."
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:58:34 AM

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Romany wrote:
In this kind of sentence I would think of "to" as meaning "towards".

"Look to the right, look to the left, then look to the right again!" was the saying we were all taught as children about crossing the road. (As you know, we drive on the right). It means, literally "Stand at the crossing - look towards the right to see if any cars are coming. Then look towards the left....etc."

I see. Thank you so much, Romany.

Thank you so much, Fyfardens.
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:24:50 PM

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What does "to" mean in the below? Is it mean "towards"?
"Atlanta was only an hour's drive to the north."
Romany
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:37:27 PM
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Yep. It means if you keep driving towards the north, you'll reach Atlanta in an hour.
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:44:24 PM

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Romany wrote:
Yep. It means if you keep driving towards the north, you'll reach Atlanta in an hour.

Thanks a lot.
Why is it "an hour's drive"? I don't understand "'s".
Tara2
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:44:26 PM

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Romany wrote:
Yep. It means if you keep driving towards the north, you'll reach Atlanta in an hour.

Thanks a lot.
Why is it "an hour's drive"? I don't understand "'s".
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