I have 2 options. A) Noun B) adverb then what should be the answer.

  • Traditional grammars would say that home in the sentence above is a noun adverb; modern grammars preposition. – user405662 Mar 22 at 8:48
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    It's a preposition link – BillJ Mar 22 at 10:53
  • Derived from a noun. Used as a locative with a movement verb. – John Lawler Mar 22 at 15:10
  • It's a directional particle(here used in a distal sense) with semantic weight. Lumping it with either adverbs or prepositions calls for drastic redefining (which some have done and claimed as law). – Edwin Ashworth Mar 22 at 17:57

You can test each possibility by substitution with words that you are confident are nouns, adverbs and so on.

Noun: “it’s time to go * car” - this doesn’t work.

Adverb: “it’s time to go quietly” - this is grammatical, but quietly provides the manner of going while home in the original quote doesn’t.

Preposition: “it’s time to go up” - this is grammatical and carries something of the sense of the original.

So “home” acts as a preposition in your example (as noted by several commenters to your question).

  • It doesn’t modify go? What is it related to, in any way, if not go? – Xanne Mar 22 at 21:33
  • @Xanne Oops, good catch; my mistake. Corrected. – Lawrence Mar 22 at 23:57
  • @Lawrence— Isn't that what you'd written previously? : It modifies go? – user405662 Mar 23 at 5:57
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    @user405662 No, previously I said home didn’t modify go. – Lawrence Mar 23 at 15:14
  • @Lawrence— I see. So the same holds for Stay home as well, where home is a preposition again, right? And if that's so, what is the new definition of preposition? (I gather from past posts here and elsewhere that it's a fairly new perspective of labeling POS, thanks largely to Otto Jespersen.) – user405662 Mar 23 at 16:53

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