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The new showroom that he has put up is opposite the central mall.

I have doubts about the grammaticality of this sentence. According to my understanding, it should be:

The new showroom that he has put up is opposite to the central mall.

Are both variations acceptable?

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closed as general reference by Kris, tchrist, J.R., MετάEd, Mitch Oct 22 '12 at 20:26

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

This seems to me to be merely a style choice for the literarily educated and a conditioned reflex for those who simply use their regional or national dialect without thinking first whether or not they want to include that "to". My guess is that's it's AmE vs. BrE. I don't have a problem with either one. – user21497 Oct 21 '12 at 6:05
Visit our ESL site area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/41665/… – Kris Oct 21 '12 at 6:29
@Bill Franke: Which is AmE and which is BrE? – Barrie England Oct 21 '12 at 6:36
@BarrieEngland: I'd guess that the "opposite to" version is BrE, based on "different to", but I know that those are different structures. Just a feeling, not a fact based on specific experience. But they may both be used in both brands. – user21497 Oct 21 '12 at 6:40
@Bill Franke: Then it seems you’re right. Opposite to occurs 54 times in every 1 million words in the COCA, but 178 times in every 1 million words in the BNC. I was a little surprised, because I, as a speaker of BrE, think I would invariably say just opposite. But then I am only one. – Barrie England Oct 21 '12 at 6:49
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Maybe not completely definitive, but as a BrE user I would say:

'Opposite' for physical position, as in the example.

'Opposite to' for meaning, opinion, etc. as in

...'large' is opposite to 'small'

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