''I don't want to go back to/from/in my dark past.''

Let's say this example was an unpleasant period. What is the correct preposition?


The best way to word this given the options is "I don't want to go back to my dark past", because the goal is to convey that it would be a step backward or a progression towards something uncomfortable or unpleasant. The word from doesn't make sense in this context -- it implies that you'd be going away from it.

The option in is interesting, because while it doesn't work by itself, you could change to into, which conveys the same journey as implied in the to example. It's not as mechanically nice sounding, but it does convey the same idea. For example:

I don't want to go back into my dark past.


I have come from a dark past. I don't want to go back to my dark past.

"Go back from my"

is just plain wrong. (Don't ask why :D)

"Go back to my"

is implying going backwards, which is your goal.


"Go back in my"

is like stepping "Inside the dark", which is not what you want either.

Also, Like hakusaro said, into is something rarely spoken, but grammatically correct.

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