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I am slightly confused as it comes to use the prepositions "OF" or "TO", escpecially in these situations:

This is a fantastic start to a weekend.
This is a fantastic start of a weekend.

Suddenly, I have lost the rear end to my car. (J.Villeneuve)
Suddenly, I have lost the rear end of my Suaber car.

Whta is the difference ?

Srdjan
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Hello Srdjan

I too am a learner. So I have awaited native speakers' answers to your question. But they haven't still come. So let me try to answer.

As for the 'start', I think 'a start to/for a period' is idiomatic, but 'a start of a period' is not. Do you ask me why? I don't know the exact reason. My guess is it might be because people take 'a start' as a point in the outside of the period rather than a point in the inside of the period. As for the 'car's rear end', I think it should be 'the rear end of the car', as it is taken as a part of the car'.

I hope someone will correct me if I made a mistake.
paco
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SrdjanI am slightly confused as it comes to use the prepositions "OF" or "TO", escpecially in these situations: This is a fantastic start to a weekend. This is a fantastic start of a weekend. Suddenly, I have lost the rear end to my car. (J.Villeneuve) Suddenly, I have lost the rear end of my Suaber car. Whta is the difference ? Srdjan
Start to a weekend; end of my Suaber car. Chalk it up to unexplainable uses of prepositions (which are the bane of any person trying to learn a language with prepositions, because they never match up with the original language, and they are often not necessarily logical).