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If I wanted to say that something lasts all night and ends in the morning, I could use, "until morning." But what about "to morning?" Would that also be correct? I'm not sure because "to" here is referring to a time and not a place.

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"Until morning" is the better choice. You may see "to" used with a specific time ("the meeting is from 2 to 4"), but it's not usually used with fuzzier end-points like "morning".

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You said "usually." Can you think of some counter-examples? –  language hacker Jun 18 '11 at 9:42
    
I don't know if this is quite the same, but consider (referring to a movie) "I stayed to the end of the credits". I would say "through", but I know I've heard "to". –  Monica Cellio Jun 19 '11 at 2:57

"To" just isn't used to refer to time, so It wouldn't be correct.

"To" actually has no usage which refers to time. In all its usages, it refers to intention, place, but not time.

Notice we only say :"till morning", or "until 12.00" or "continues until morning", but never "to".

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While I agree that "until" is the right word to use here, I offer the counter-example "9 to 5". –  Monica Cellio Jun 15 '11 at 1:06
    
9 to 5 is still incorrect. It's actually 9 til 5, but due to its affinity with numbers i.e. Find squares of numbers from 5 to 9; but it doesn't mean its correct. –  Thursagen Jun 15 '11 at 1:12
    
I also hear/use "We're open from 7am to 11pm", "It rained from dawn to dusk", and so forth. –  Hellion Jun 15 '11 at 1:13
    
-1: There's also this from your link: (time) Preceding ten to ten = 9:50; We're going to leave at ten to (the hour). –  Callithumpian Jun 15 '11 at 2:00
    
I'd have to agree with Ham and Bacon. Although you do find "to" used in these constructions, it is in fact a reduction of "'til". Consider: "We worked til nine versus" the (awkward/incorrect to me) "We worked to nine". If you like "to nine", how do you like "What time did they work to?" My guess is most native English speakers would find the question form objectionable with "to", but fine with "til". –  jyc23 Jun 15 '11 at 2:47

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