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English Grammar Reference: Prepositions after verbs of movement

Generally, after a verb of movement we use to.

Examples

I'm going to the cinema.
She drives to work.
They are coming to my party.
We walk to the shops.

The exceptions are when somebody goes to his or her home.

Examples

I'm going home (but I'm going to John's home).
They are driving home now.

Another exception is the verb to arrive.

We say arrive in when we talk about a village, city, country or continent.

Examples

We say arrive at when we talk about a building or place.

Examples

He arrived at the airport too late.
They arrived at work just in time.

Note that when someone arrives at his/ her home, as with go, there is no preposition.

Examples

He arrived home late.
I arrive home late on Mondays.

 

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