Is it correct to say tell me the location I need to go to to get the document or do I have to say tell me the location I need to go to get the document?

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    In real spoken contexts, native speakers wouldn't even notice the repetition of to, because (1) - they're different parts of speech (preposition and infinitive marker) and (2) - they sound different (the preposition will be fully enunciated, while the infinitive marker is reduced to the "neutral vowel" schwa). But syntactically, they're both required, so all native speakers would notice if you omitted one (they'd assume you omitted the infinitive marker, because as a non-native speaker you'd be practically bound to articulate the single instance you did include! :) Nov 27, 2023 at 18:47

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You need both "to"s. But it does sound a little odd, doesn't it? You could simplify it as "Tell me where I need to go to get the document."

But if you kept the original form, the first "to" is needed to connect "go" to "the location," since that's how that usage works. We can omit "to" when the object of "go" is a preposition ("I go there"), but we need it when it's a noun ("I go to the store"). If we un-inverted the syntax, we realize it would be missing if we said "I need to go the location to get the document."

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