Yesterday I wondered "Why is "get home" used without preposition?" and found the following. According to the answer there are two types of location: relative and (perhaps) absolute. But I couldn't understand why the "home" is relative, since it is a concrete building, flat or place. Likewise i could use "working office" as relative, because it can be a particular place today and another one tomorrow (in case of changing job).

How can I distinguish 'relative' places from other? Or how can I find out that a subject (location) shoud be used without a preposition after verbs "get/go"?

Thanks in advance

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    There is an excellent answer here at our sister site. Jan 25, 2017 at 7:49
  • home is an (intransitive) adposition :) "go home" is analogous to "go along" and "get home" is analogous to "get along". come home, to come along.
    – TimR
    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:49
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    Compare: His house is to the right of us, so you must turn right at the next intersection.
    – TimR
    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:58
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    So, right is sometimes a place or location or area, and sometimes a direction. The same is true with home. Sometimes it is a place, and sometimes it is a direction (and means homeward).
    – TimR
    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:04

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Here it seems to work like an adverb of direction: "there" or "east(ward)" or "back".

Go home, get home, drive home, bike home

Go there, get there, drive there, bike there


This of course doesn't preclude the existence of a separate lexeme "home" as a common noun ("my home", "the homes").

Incidentally, "home" functions oddly in many languages, as do many words describing our earliest and commonest experiences.


I'm not sure that link is correct... "home" is relative because it might be my home, and it might be your home. If I say "I'm going home" the implication is that it's my home I'm talking about. Whose home it is is relative to the speaker.

But, "the office" is also relative to the speaker. I could say, when I'm going to where I work, "I'm going to the office". The implication is that it's the office I work at, not the only office that exists. I also would not say "I'm going office".

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