Is it acceptable to say "I commute to San Francisco every morning" or is there the "to" a problem there?

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    Please explain why you consider there might be a problem. – TrevorD May 6 '16 at 13:57
  • The word "to" sounds a little bit weird to me there. – Ram Rachum May 6 '16 at 13:58
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    That is not an explanation! Please refer to the Help pages about asking questions on this site and/or consider whether the English Language Learners site at ell.stackexchange.com might be more suitable to your needs. – TrevorD May 6 '16 at 14:01

It is a must to use to with commute, when the word commute is used by the means of travel and if you are indicating a destination.

We are also looking at people travelling, commuting to Dublin to ascertain the traffic flows, he said.


You must use to in this construction.

Commute, as used here, is an intransitive verb (source: Merriam-Webster), so it takes no direct object. You can add a prepositional phrase, such as

  • I commute to New York,
  • I commute from New Jersey,
  • I commute by train,

but the preposition is mandatory.

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