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'To' is actually a rather simple preposition to learn, however, it can get confusing because 'to' is also used in the infinitive form of a verb (see below).
'To' most often describes the direction where someone is travelling or moving, so it is often used after verbs like go, walk, drive, etc.
We drove to the mall.
The children walk to school and the teachers drive to school.
'TO' is NOT a Preposition in the Infinitive!
*Note: 'to' is also used in the infinitive of a verb, as in:
'to want', etc.
But, in this case, 'to' is NOT a preposition. The infinitive is used like a noun when in a sentences, so 'to' actually becomes part of a noun in this case! As easy way to remember this is to notice that 'to' is between two verbs!
We like to eat bananas.
('to' is between two verbs: 'like' and 'eat')
We want to travel to the city this weekend.
('to' is between two verbs: 'want' and 'travel')
Here, 'to eat bananas' and 'to travel' are activities that people do, so 'to eat' and 'to travel' are nouns, because an 'activity' is a noun.