Does one `propose to’ or `propose’ a girl?

You usually `propose’ something. For example, I propose that we cancel tomorrow’s meeting. Dravid proposed that the fees be hiked.

When you ask a girl to marry you, you propose `to’ her. It’s about time you proposed to Shyamala. Poor Vimal, he proposed to three girls last semester, and all of them turned him down.

 Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, October 17, 2005.

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