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Inspired by the course, I happened to find a question about English grammar. When listening to TED, I noticed that the speaker said “survive to this day”. However, there exists a rule that “if we use next/this/that/every to modify a “time verb” like “week” “day”, we don’t need to add a prepositional word before it. Therefore, it occurred me why sometimes the preposition should be omitted but sometimes not.
asked Jan 26, 2022 in Questions about English Grammar by Sxxyyy (160 points) | 518 views

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The use of 'to this day' is different from 'temporal adverbs' such as 'He came home yesterday or next week'.

Here 'this day' is just a temporal 'noun' that can follow a preposition. 

Similar examples:

He won't come back until next week. 

The meeting is posponed to next Tuesay.

answered Jan 26, 2022 by Sxxyyy (160 points)

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