Which usage of the word opposite is correct?
- Their house is opposite to the Red Cross Hospital.
- Their house is opposite the Red Cross Hospital.
I cannot seem to find a definite answer on the Internet.
"Opposite" is also a preposition.
So I would say :
Their house is opposite the Red Cross Hospital.
For this specific scenario, the usage of "opposite to" and "opposite" is indistinguishable in resulting meaning.
However, they cannot be used interchangeably in all cases.
"Opposite" is utilized as an adjective in:
While it is utilized as a preposition in:
The divergence lies in how "opposite" as an adjective can accept an argument before it takes on the prepositional phrase headed by "to" (PP-to).
So while we can say:
We cannot say:
But the following statements tend to be construed in the same manner:
This suggests that the prepositional variant, when contrasted to the adjectival variant, is limited to having the same implied meaning as "opposite in position to". So, in conclusion, "opposite" as the head of the adjectival phrase that dominates PP-to has the potential to be applied with a greater scope.
I think that about covers it.