Regarding the following sentence:

I don't need to waste 2 hours on the way to and back from work anymore.

Is the phrase 'to and back from work' correct? I want to use it in an informal letter to a friend for Ielts writing task 1, so it needs to sound natural and totally correct. If not, could you please tell me the possible correct ways of saying that?

Thanks in advance, Mojtaba

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    to and from work is more idiomatic, so is there and back. – KarlG Aug 17 '19 at 14:05
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    "To work and back" is common. – Michael Harvey Aug 17 '19 at 14:53
  • "Back and forth" is also common. I suspect there are regional difference. – jimm101 Jan 23 at 12:10
  • 'To and fro' is the idiomatic; when 'from' is used, 'back' is redundant. – Ram Pillai Jan 23 at 13:57

To and from work

‘To and from work’ is the phrase that would normally be used, in English.


  • I don't need to waste 2 hours on the way to and from work anymore.

  • The man made the journey to and from London every day.

  • It takes 3 hours to get to and from Brighton.


You can also use ‘to and fro’ which describes the repeated movement of something going ‘back and forth’ - like a pendulum swinging.

  • The man goes to and fro daily from London to Brighton.

  • The pendulum swings to and fro.

  • The waiters were going to and fro among the tables.



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Traveling to and from work is known as commuting.

travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis.


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  • But with no capital first letter. – Michael Harvey Aug 17 '19 at 19:26
  • Thank you for making that point. I assumed Title Case was appropriate for a pithy reply but it does seem that only archaic journals use the style for emphasis. – user356866 Aug 19 '19 at 6:10
  • Why does this have 3 downvotes? Commuting seems very appropriate to me (or is there some other reason?). +1 – Justin Aug 19 '19 at 17:46
  • Thanks for the defense, I was a little surprised by the downvotes but will be very much aware of correct form next time. – user356866 Aug 20 '19 at 14:17
  • Absolutely agree with @Justin - commuting is very appropriate and more widespread from my experience. – Sereger Aug 21 '19 at 11:00

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