Somehow my brain came up with the sentence: The last time I [verb] was back to October.

I want to emphasize it was long time ago.

I know the correct way of saying is: The last time I [...] was in October.

Nevertheless, is back to still proper English?

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    No, it's not idiomatic. Either in October or back in October is. Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 2:48
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    back in makes more sense than back to. Thank you @JackO'Flaherty!
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    Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 3:14
  • As an afterthought, you might say I have to go back to October to find a similar case.., that is, you might use back to along with go. Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 5:17
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    In that case it's the phrasal verb go back.
    – None
    Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 5:35

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Since it's referring to something that happened way back (but with the month), 'back in' is used and not 'to'. Like 'back in the days'...

  • Would back emphasize the time? because back is optional here.
    – None
    Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 5:37

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