In case that a mother asks her son if he wants to go to his father. What would be the natural way to ask him about that?

"Do you want to go to the father?"


"Do you want to go father?" (Without preposition and article, the same like "Do you want to go home?"

To my ears the first choice sounds weird a little bit even I'm pretty sure it's grammatically correct.

  • What do you mean by "go to [your] father"? Some Victorians might have dispensed with any determiner, but almost no-one would use the - especially when talking to a child, and even more especially if it's that child's own father. The only natural context where I can imagine a native speaker saying the exact words in your first example would be a lawyer in a courtroom deciding on child custody in a messy divorce. But even he probably wouldn't say that to a six-year-old. Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:07
  • @Conceivableassessment Home is a bit exceptional because it can be a prepositional phrase on its own. See this for some examples of its usage.
    – user3395
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 18:32

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Dropping the preposition to (not the infinitive marker to before go) leaves the reader/hearer no clue as to what role father plays in the sentence. In fact, it looks like father is a verb (as in "Do you want to go play?"), and the mother is asking her son if he wants to beget a child, which is very unlikely!

Beyond that, we would not say the father, unless somebody else's father has been mentioned in the conversation and contrasted with another relative; we would say your father to specify which father we had in mind.

Do you want to go to your father?

Note that this construction is exactly how you yourself set the question up in the third person: "a mother asks her son if he wants to go to his father."

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