I am brazilian and I have some questions. So, What is the correct use to this sentences..."I need to back to home or I need back to home or I need to back home"? thank you

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    None of them. You are probably missing a verb that will be part of the to-infinitive, as in 'I need to go/to get back home'. But I don't know what you're trying to say, so I can't be sure. Apr 24, 2016 at 17:18
  • Well, it was during a conversation practise between two students. So, I have no sure about how to correct it... Apr 24, 2016 at 17:21
  • One more question, please. "Do you want to buy the dress tomorrow for you mom? or Do you want to buy the dress tomorrow to your mom - What is the correct sentence? Apr 24, 2016 at 17:33
  • You buy something for somebody, so the first sentence! Apr 25, 2016 at 4:11

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In this context, "to" does not go by itself. It goes with a verb. When "to" and a verb are together, it is called an infinitive. You must have the verb for the sentence to make sense:

I need to go back home.


I need to go back to my home.

  • But, back could be the sentence verb? Apr 24, 2016 at 17:22
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    @Teachermanoeltavares: No. "back" is not a verb in this context. It is an adverb that modifies the verb "go". You don't just "go home". "back" gives more information about going home, but it is not a verb in itself.
    – zondo
    Apr 24, 2016 at 17:25
  • Ok. I understood. Very clear now. Tks. Apr 24, 2016 at 17:27

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