To in a sentence

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Definition of To

  • The preposition to primarily indicates approach and arrival, motion made in the direction of a place or thing and attaining it, access; and also, motion or tendency without arrival; movement toward; -- opposed to from.
  • Hence, it indicates motion, course, or tendency toward a time, a state or condition, an aim, or anything capable of being regarded as a limit to a tendency, movement, or action; as, he is going to a trade; he is rising to wealth and honor.
  • In a very general way, and with innumerable varieties of application, to connects transitive verbs with their remoter or indirect object, and adjectives, nouns, and neuter or passive verbs with a following noun which limits their action. Its sphere verges upon that of for, but it contains less the idea of design or appropriation; as, these remarks were addressed to a large audience; let us keep this seat to ourselves; a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind; duty to God and to our parents; a dislike to spirituous liquor.
  • As sign of the infinitive, to had originally the use of last defined, governing the infinitive as a verbal noun, and connecting it as indirect object with a preceding verb or adjective; thus, ready to go, i.e., ready unto going; good to eat, i.e., good for eating; I do my utmost to lead my life pleasantly. But it has come to be the almost constant prefix to the infinitive, even in situations where it has no prepositional meaning, as where the infinitive is direct object or subject; thus, I love to learn, i.e., I love learning; to die for one's country is noble, i.e., the dying for one's country. Where the infinitive denotes the design or purpose, good usage formerly allowed the prefixing of for to the to; as, what went ye out for see? (Matt. xi. 8.
  • In many phrases, and in connection with many other words, to has a pregnant meaning, or is used elliptically.
  • Extent; limit; degree of comprehension; inclusion as far as; as, they met us to the number of three hundred.
  • Effect; end; consequence; as, the prince was flattered to his ruin; he engaged in a war to his cost; violent factions exist to the prejudice of the state.
  • Apposition; connection; antithesis; opposition; as, they engaged hand to hand.
  • Accord; adaptation; as, an occupation to his taste; she has a husband to her mind.
  • Comparison; as, three is to nine as nine is to twenty-seven; it is ten to one that you will offend him.
  • Addition; union; accumulation.
  • Accompaniment; as, she sang to his guitar; they danced to the music of a piano.
  • Character; condition of being; purpose subserved or office filled.

How to use to in a sentence. To pronunciation.

Some months later the following letter came to David Claridge in Cairo from Faith Claridge in Hamley: David, I write thee from the village and the land of the people which thou didst once love so well.
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They gave thee sour bread to eat ere thy going, but yet thee didst grind the flour for the baking.
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He followed to London the lass kissed by thee, and besought her to return and marry him.
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She has become maid to a lady of degree, who has well befriended her.
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Even from Jasper Kimber, who, on his return from London, was taken to his bed with fever.
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Because of the hard blows dealt him by thee, I went to make amends.
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That mind has generous moments, David, for he took to being thankful for thy knocks.
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I drew near with a kind of fear, but yet I came to the door and looked in.
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For, at the question, curtains seemed to drop from all around me, and leave me in the midst of pains and miseries, in a chill air that froze me to the marrow.
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But I said coldly, and with what was near to anger, that he should link his name and fate with that of Luke Claridge: "Which of ye two goes first is God's will, and according to His wisdom.
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Yet his blue eyes looked kindly at me, and now he began to nod pleasantly.
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Ay, and he would have it, because it pleased him to have it-like his father before him.
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And when he's seen it fall at last, he'll remember but the fun of the chase; and the bird may get to its tree-top again-if it can-if it can-if it can, my lord!
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He came to snatch old Soolsby's palace, his nest on the hill, to use it for a telescope, or such whimsies.
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It scared him, as though I was the devil himself, to find me here.
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Isn't the house of the snail as much to him as the turtle's shell to the turtle?
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Ah, David, what with the flute and the pen, banishment was no pain to thee! .
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I ask him how it came he lived here alone; how it came that he made chairs, he, with brains enough to build great houses or great bridges; how it was that drink and he were such friends; and how he, a Catholic, lived here among us Quakers, so singular, uncompanionable, and severe.
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I think it true, and sadly true, that a man with a vice which he is able to satisfy easily and habitually, even as another satisfies a virtue, may give up the wider actions of the world and the possibilities of his life for the pleasure which his one vice gives him, and neither miss nor desire those greater chances of virtue or ambition which he has lost.
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When I asked Soolsby how it came he had been rumoured dead, he said that he himself had been the cause of it; but for what purpose he would not say, save that he was going a long voyage, and had made up his mind to return no more.
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Examples of To

Example #1
Does thee love them still?
Example #2
They gave thee sour bread to eat ere thy going, but yet thee didst grind the flour for the baking.
Example #3
Thee didst frighten all who knew thee with thy doings that mad midsummer time.
Example #4
What think thee has happened?
Example #5
Thee remembers the man Kimber smitten by thee at the public-house on that day?