I'm going to Spain tomorrow. The last time I visited Spain it was great. After that, I will go home.

Why don't English speakers say

    1. I'm going to home.
    1. I have visited to Spain.

"To" would be a preposition, right?

  1. Home ( Adverb as it describes the "going", therefore no need to add the preposition = I'm going home.
  2. What would the rule be here?
  • No "to" because __________ = I have visited to Spain.

  • Why would it work to change visited with gone? = I have gone to Spain.

Thanks in advance

  • Because visit already contains the meaning to. If you visit someone, you go to their home, hospital bed or whatever to see them. If you visit a place, you travel to it. Dec 15, 2020 at 9:06

1 Answer 1


We say (and write)

  • I'm going to the park.

  • I'm going to school.

But always

I'm going home.

Never "I'm going to home".

We say "I have gone to X" but never "I have visited to X" rather always "I have visited X."

Most verbs will either take "to" with such an indirect object, or not. "I have listened to Bach" but "I have heard the music" not "I have heard to the music". I am not sure why "going" does not use this for "home" but does for most other destinations. One says "I am going to my home" or "to her home" but never "to home". I think it is simply one of the oddities of the language.

  • In which sentence is "home" a noun? It is not clear?
    – fev
    Dec 15, 2020 at 19:41
  • In "I am going home" home is a noun, a specific place. The question seems to suggest tht home is an adverb here, unless I have misunderstood it. Dec 15, 2020 at 19:47
  • This is what Collins dictionary suggests, not only me.
    – fev
    Dec 15, 2020 at 19:49
  • @fev I disagree in that usage, although surely "home" can be an adverb. . But given a reputable source that says the exact opposite, i will edit this out of the answer. Dec 15, 2020 at 19:53
  • Thank you David. I think we are all on the right path. I got another comment on wordreference. It seems "home" can be an adverb if we refer to our own home. It is a noun if it is someone else's. Ref: forum.wordreference.com/threads/…
    – Pubwie
    Dec 16, 2020 at 1:31

You must log in to answer this question.

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