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To and again

  • to and fro. R.
  • to and fro. Obs. De Foe.
Webster 1913

To and fro

  • adverb moving from one place to another and back again
    back and forth; backward and forward.
    • he traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York
    • the treetops whipped to and fro in a frightening manner
    • the old man just sat on the porch and rocked back and forth all day
  • forward and back. In this phrase, to is adverbial.
    There was great showing both to and fro. Chaucer.
Webster 1913

To the face

  • in front of; in behind; hence, in the presence of.
Webster 1913

To wit

  • adverb as follows
    videlicet; namely; viz.; that is to say.
  • to know; namely. See Wit, v. i.
Webster 1913


  • a pacing backward and forward; as, to commence a to-and-fro. Tennyson.
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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