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Collins Spanish Dictionary- Complete & Unabridged
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to

[tʊ, tuː, tǝ]

  1. PREPOSITION

    When to is the second element in a phrasal verb, eg set to, heave to, look up the phrasal verb. When to is part of a set combination, eg nice to, to my mind, to all appearances, appeal to, look up the other word.

    1. (destination) a

      Note: a + el = al

      church 1., 2)

    2. (=towards) hacia

    3. (=as far as) hasta

    4. (=up to) hasta

      decimal 1.

    5. (=located at) a

    6. (=against) contra

    7. (when telling time)

    8. (introducing indirect object) a

    9. (in dedications, greetings)

    10. (in ratios, proportions) por

    11. (in comparisons) a

    12. (=about, concerning)

    13. (=according to) según

    14. (=to the accompaniment of)

    15. (=of, for) de

    16. (with gerund/noun)

    17. (in set expressions)

  2. INFINITIVE PARTICLE

    1. (infinitive)

    2. (following another verb)

      1. A preposition may be required with the Spanish infinitive, depending on what precedes it: look up the verb.

      2. (object as subject of following infinitive)

        • I have things to do — tengo cosas que hacer
        • he has a lot to lose — tiene mucho que perder
        • there was no one for me to ask, there wasn't anyone for me to ask — no había nadie a quien yo pudiese preguntar
        • he's not the sort or type to do that — no es de los que hacen eso
        • that book is still to be written — ese libro está todavía por escribir
        • now is the time to do it — ahora es el momento de hacerlo
        • and who is he to criticize? — ¿y quién es él para criticar?
    3. (purpose, result) para

    4. (standing in for verb)

      The particle to is not translated when it stands for the infinitive:

    5. (after adjective)

      For combinations like difficult/easy/foolish/ ready/slow to etc, look up the adjective.

    6. (in exclamations)

      • to see him now one would never think that ... — al verlo or viéndolo ahora nadie creería que ...
  3. ADVERB

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