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5b) Sue spent the whole afternoon

the fair.

6a) We arrived

the house.

6b) The waiter was

our table immediately.

7a) The policeman leaped

the assailant.

7b) The dog jumped scared me.

my face and really

In 5a), the bank can be understood as a point defining Tom's location, much as in 1) above. It makes

less sense to think of a

as a point in 5b) since fairs are usually spread out over a fairly large area.

Probably

is used in this case just because it is the least specific preposition; it defines Sue's

location with respect to the

rather than some other place. In 6a),

exhibits its cause/effect

relationship with

, which cannot be used here: arrival at a place is the result of going to it. For

more on this relationship, see the handout Prepositions of Direction: To, (On)to, (In)to. 7a) and 7b)

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