It this video (during minute 1:50 and then 7:10) you can hear:

We've just arrived to the Shetland Islands.

We have just arrived to St Ninian's Isle.

I've always thought that only 2 prepositions can be used after arrive - either at or in: We arrived at the hotel. I should arrive in London tomorrow morning.

So, what would to after arrive be - just bad grammar? Or could it be something regional?

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    Yes it's wrong. It probably comes from a non native English speaker or possibly someone who was going to say something else, such as coming to . – Ronald Sole Nov 16 '19 at 8:23
  • @RonaldSole I thought so too, but this YouTuber seems to be a native speaker, and he makes the same mistake more than once. I think we can put it down to bad grammar. This only proves that even native speakers are not perfect speakers. – Enguroo Nov 16 '19 at 12:50
  • I've yet to meet an English speaker who doesn't admit to sometimes getting it wrong - starting with myself. – Ronald Sole Nov 16 '19 at 17:16
  • It's certainly not idiomatic, but I can find no reason to call it flat-out ungrammatical in terms of syntax. (And speech very often isn't precise anyway.) – Jason Bassford Nov 20 '19 at 5:14

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