to 'attribute' my affinity ... 'to'

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Hi everyone, here is the question,

But to attribute my affinity for running solely to chemistry diminishes the personal importance that running has for me.

Are highlighted words "attribute" and "to" related to each? Like you always say attribute to something?

Thanks in advance!
  • Askalon

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    English (US)
    Yes, they're related. You generally say "attribute (something) to (someone/something else)" when you use that verb. I can't think of a context where you wouldn't use it; "to" is just sort of the preposition it goes with.
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