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"point me the right direction" or "point me to the right direction"? Which one is correct and sounds more natural?

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More natural than either is

Point me in the right direction.

Indeed this is a standard set phrase.

Point me the right direction.

feels incorrect, although I think it is in fact correct grammar.

Point me to the right path.

seems fine, one points someone to an external thing, such as a path or an office or house, but one points someone in a direction, the image is of soemoen guiding another so that the one guided turns in the desired direction, I think.

  • Thanks David for the answer. If it's other nouns in the example, like "point him my book" or "point her the right way", are these correct usages? – Just a learner Apr 13 at 5:19
  • @Ogrish Man Use "point him to my book". but "way" is like "direction" and would not need "to". Most nouns would take "to". – David Siegel Apr 13 at 14:35

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