Which should I say?

I arrive to my work.


I arrive into my work.

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Sometimes we use "at" and sometimes we use "to". If what follows the preposition is action-like or an ongoing event, then we can use "to" or "at".

He arrived at 8AM.

They police arrived at the just right moment to thwart the bank robbery.

The police arrived at the scene of the crime.

He arrived to work drunk, and got fired.

They arrived late to the wedding.

  • Really, Tim? AmE allows "arrived to work drunk"? Well I never. As a Brit I would never say that. Arrive at work, or more likely "came to work drunk". I would also arrive at a wedding, or arrive late for the wedding.
    – David Pugh
    May 23, 2015 at 17:24
  • Seems so. Arrived to work. (books.google.com/ngrams/…) Late to the party. (books.google.com/ngrams/…)
    – TRomano
    May 24, 2015 at 11:16

Neither. You arrive at your work.

arrive (v) - Reach a place at the end of a journey or a stage in a journey: we arrived at his house and knocked at the door

  • Is it at used for time?
    – Maythux
    May 23, 2015 at 6:52
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    @Maythux Not always. You can arrive at 7.00pm, also by 7.00pm, before 7.00pm or after 7.00pm. You can also arrive before/after John, or before/after the meeting had started.
    – WS2
    May 23, 2015 at 7:13

Strangely enough,"to arrive" is not considered a verb expressing movement. So you shouldn't use any prepositions of movement ( to,into ), but only the static ones ( in,at ).


You may also say "arrive for work", meaning "arrive ready for work" with Ready understood.

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