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The "To" Problem

   When the word that answers the question "To what?" is a noun or pronoun, the construction is a prepositional phrase. When that word is a verb, the construction is not a prepositional phrase. 
(It is an infinitive, but you do not need to remember that now.)
Not Prepositional Phrases: Prepositional Phrases:
Do the mice want to talk? Pay attention {to their talk}.
To give is better than to receive. He gave some money {to an orphanage}.
It was a summer to remember. They traveled {from April} {to August}.
Sam went to see Bill. But Bill went {to sea}.
Carol wished to play. Carol went {to a play}.
Jerome wanted to object. Jennifer went close {to the object}.
Terri loves to shop.  She'll go {from shop} {to shop} all day long.
Note that an "a," "an," or "the" before a word usually indicates that it is a noun.

Remember that you need to pay attention to the meanings of the words:

Margaret remembered to bill the team. She gave the bill {to Bill}.