I'm interested in whether we can use "to" before "here" and "there".

  • You can always return to here whenever you want.
  • You should never go to there.

Is it idiomatic in any way? Does it have a valid grammatical usage?

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    That's not idiomatic in standard contemporary English but it was used in prior centuries and still has some currency in regional dialects. Have you seen it that way somewhere? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 3 '18 at 14:13
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo My penpal from africa wrote "If you go over to there..." so I thought it might be possible in their dialect. Probably it is simply bad English. – SovereignSun Sep 3 '18 at 14:47
  • Yes, because that implies: if you go over to [some place]. But that is not: go to there. "If you go over to there [a place], you will see that." – Lambie Sep 3 '18 at 14:55
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    Such usage is only limited to specific expressions like 'from here to there' which would be unclear without 'to'. – Alex_ander Sep 3 '18 at 15:20

No, because in standard English "to" introduces a predicate or prepositional phrase.

  • I love to play tennis.
  • I love going to the movies.

Go here/go there. I really don't think regional dialects really matter at this level. I have never seen it and just because it might exist in some odd little area is just not relevant as a general principle. Maybe it does exist in the Outer Hebrides, but is that relevant here? Thousands of variations exist to just about everything.

  • Please do go to the party this evening. Please **do go there" this evening.
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