On one of the pages of "Oxford Word Skills", lead is used without any kind of preposition:

"A passage is a long, narrow way with walls on both sides that leads somewhere..."

On the same page, it has defined lead as follows:

"If something leads to a place, you can go along it to that place."

Why is lead sometimes used with to and sometimes without it? Is this actually triggered here by somewhere? What's the grammar behind this?

  • "where" (and its compounds) can be understood to contain "to". We can in fact say: Where are you going? or Where are you going to? That's why lead somewhere/anywhere/nowhere is correct.
    – Gustavson
    Jun 29, 2019 at 15:10
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    "Somewhere" and "to a place" both function as adverbs. Jun 30, 2019 at 16:07


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