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date back to
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:21:15 am »
Hi! This is my first question. Please help me.
I wonder if the following sentence is correct.

The church dates back to more than one thousand years ago.

I think it's better to say,'The church dates back more than one thousand years.'
Because 'to' is a preposition, a noun phrase (it means a particular point of time) must come after that. But 'more than one thousand years ago' is an adverbial phrase. So I don't think it's correct.   In the same reason, it's better not to say, 'I have been sick since three days ago.'

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Re: date back to
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 09:44:04 am »
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Your re-phrasing of the first sentence is an improvement; but I would not say the original was wrong. Do be careful not to be too tied by rules; very few languages (if any) are black and white.

>I have been sick since three days ago.
Once again that is OK. But better would be:
I have been sick since Monday. Or:
I have been sick for three days.

Don't forget there is quite a difference between the spoken and the written word; and speakers often change the direction of their thoughts halfway through what they are saying.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 03:57:59 pm »
Thank you for the answer.
But I'm still wondering if it's really grammatically correct in school grammar level. Do you understand what I mean?
I know we should not worry too much about grammar when speaking.
But I found that sentence in my daughter's English textbook.
Is it OK for the teachers to teach that sentetnce to the students as a grammatically correct sentence?
I know it's understandable, but...
I learned that it's wrong to say, "I have been sick since three days ago." and we should say, "I have been sick for three days."
So let me ask again. Are these sentences grammatically correct in school grammar?
 (1) The church dates back to more than one thousand years ago.
 (2) I have been sick since three days ago.

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Re: date back to
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 08:47:16 pm »
Yes, they are correct but awkward.
 (1) The church dates back more than one thousand years.
 (2) I have been sick for three days.
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Re: date back to
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 03:28:18 am »
Thank you, Duncan.
That was a great help.

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2016, 08:57:40 am »
I see nothing wrong with the church sentence. Perhaps there's a bit of ellipsis going on:

The church dates back to (a time, a date) more than one thousand years ago.


But I agree, Duncan's revised sentence is better.