On Light verb (wikipedia) page I found a sentence:

He took a picture of himself to school.

Does it mean the same as: He took a picture of himself on the way to school.

I am confused, please help.

Thank you.

  • "He took, to school, a picture of himself." The preposition is in an odd place.
    – Andrew
    May 7 '19 at 16:16

It means that he had a picture of himself, and he took (brought) it to school.

Take here is being used in the sense of "to bring or carry" (see 15a here), not in the sense of "to create a photograph" (11b3).

You should parse the sentence as

he took (a picture (of himself)) to school


he ((took a picture) of himself) to school

  • +1 To clarify, if you want to specify the other meaning you would say "He took a picture of himself on his way to school"
    – Andrew
    May 7 '19 at 16:17

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .