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I am studying with the "Grammar in Use" (2019) by Murphy, going through phrasal verbs. I found this example at pag. 275. "My holidays are nearly over. Next week I´ll be back at work". Is it a mistake? I´ve only just heard "to be back to work". The Coca corpus agrees with me. What do you think and why?

  1. My holidays are nearly over. Next week I´ll be back at work
  2. My holidays are nearly over. Next week I´ll be back to work
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  • Can you please clarify in what way you think the sentence is mistaken? Perhaps a link to the search you did on the COCA? – Elininja Apr 29 '19 at 15:36
  • Location uses at. We were at work when he called. We went back to work before noon. Both are fine. Just expressed two different ways. – Lambie Apr 29 '19 at 15:43
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I believe, the issue is the verb:

Be ( static, location) - requires AT - be/stay at work

Go/return (movement) - requires TO - go/return to work

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These aren't really phrasal verbs. "at" refers to being in or near a location or state. "to" refers to a destination. If you are working, you are at work. If you are returning from a vacation with work as your destination, you are going back to work. Both are correct, and both are the standard, non-phrasal meaning of the prepositions, and they follow "back", not a verb.

As a side note, I'm not sure what punctuation mark you're using for contractions, but it's not the standard apostrophe.

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Murphy is correct.

It is more common to hear someone say, "Get back to work."
Or "I'm going back to work."

However, in this construction, Murphy is correct, but I would use a comma after the clause: "Next week,"

You second sentence Would be correct like this:

Next week, I'll be going back to work.

Or you could say, "Next week, I'll be back on the job."

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