Prepositions - Back to/Back From

Prepositions - Back to/Back From

1. Back to indicates return.

Pattern 1: verb + back to + noun of place or time
Please go back to the beginning of your story.
The children went back to the museum to see the new exhibit.

Verbs often used before back to:
crawl, drive, fly, go, hark, jump, look, move, race, run, think, walk

Pattern 2: verb + noun + back to + noun
We took the train back to the city.

Typical verbs:
bring, carry, drive, push, pull, take

2. Back from indicates return to a starting place from a different place.

Pattern: verb + back from + noun of place
I'll be back (home) from the store in about ten minutes.
We can't leave until your mother gets back from her trip.

Typical verbs before back from:
be, come, drive, fly, get, move, run, walk

3. Back indicates a return of something.

Pattern 1: verb + noun + back (+ to + noun)
Please give this plate back to your mother.
I took the dress back to the store because it didn't fit.

Typical verbs:
bring, give, pay, send, take

Pattern 2: verb + noun + back (+ from + noun)
Please get my suit back from the cleaners.

Pattern 3: verb + noun + back (adverb) I called you back when I got home.

Typical verbs:
call, bring, pay, put, take

4. Phrasal verbs

get back (intransitive)—move out of the way
We wanted to see the action, but they made us get back.

get back to someone (nonseparable)—call someone with new information
As soon as I know the figures, I will get back to you.

get back at someone (nonseparable)—do harm in return for a wrong
After he was fired, he tried to get back at his boss.
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    Different kinds of adverbs go in different positions in a clause. Here are some general rules (Note: these rules apply both to one-word adverbs and to adverb phrases of two or more words.)

    Verb and object
    We do not usually put adverbs between a verb and its object.

    [...adverb + verb + object] [verb + adverb + object]
    I very much like my job. (NOT I like very much-my job.)
    [...verb + object + adverb]
    She speaks English well. (NOT She speaks well English.)

    Initial, mid and end position

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    - Yesterday morning something very strange happened.
    b. mid-position (with the verb - for the exact position)
    - My brother completely forgot my birthday.
    c. end position (at the end of a clause)
    - What are you doing tomorrow?
    Most adverb phrases (adverbs of two or more words) cannot go in mid-position. Compare:
    - He got dressed quickly. He quickly got dressed.
    - (Quickly can go in end or mid-position.)
    - He got dressed in a hurry. (NOT He in a hurry got dressed.)
    - (In a hurry cannot go in mid-position.)

    What goes where?
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    - Connecting adverbs (which join a clause to what came before). Time adverbs can also go here .
    - However, not everybody agreed. (connecting adverb)
    - Tomorrow I've got a meeting in Cardiff, (time adverb)

    b. mid-position
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    - He quickly got dressed, (manner)

    c. end-position

    Adverbs of manner (how), place (where) and time (when) most often go in end-position.
    - She brushed her hair slowly. (manner)
    - The children are playing upstairs. (place)
    - I phoned Alex this morning. (time)
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