A wide range of people have studied with us, from tour guides to teachers, lawyers to librarians...

hedgy

Senior Member
Catalan
I have just seen the following sentence:

A wide range of people have studied with us, from tour guides to teachers, lawyers to librarians and bankers to business owners

I had always seen only the structure from... to, so I find a little bit weird the structure above. Do you usually find this structure?
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  • Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    A wide range of people have studied with us, from tour guides to teachers, lawyers to librarians and bankers to business owners
    What specifically do you find strange/surprising?


    The word "from" does not need repeating here whereas "to" does need mentioning each time.

    A wide range of people have studied with us, from tour guides to teachers, [from] lawyers to librarians and [from] bankers to business owners.

    Grammatically, you could repeat "from" in each comparison (as above), but then the style would be a bit unnatural, unless you wanted to give special emphasis (perhaps a politician making a big speech).
     
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