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A Jukuu.com example sentence:

还有一种办法,他可能会到地址目录中查找。
Alternatively, he could look the address up in a directory.
Hái yǒuyī zhǒng bànfǎ, tā kěnéng huì dào dìzhǐ mùlù zhōng cházhǎo.

Everything here makes sense to me except 到.

Question: What is 到 doing in the sentence 他可能会到地址目录中查找?

Breaking it down:

  • 还有一种办法 = still have one kind of solution
  • 可能 (tā kěnéng huì) = he possibly can ...
  • (dào) = to arrive (???)
  • 地址目录 (dìzhǐ mùlù) = "address table of contents" likely means "address book"
  • 中 (zhōng) = within
  • 查找 (cházhǎo) = to look up

It seems possible that I might be breaking this up incorrectly: instead 到地址 go together as "destination address", which is separate from 目录.

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  • 到 is used preverbially as "coverb" (CCG use):more examples: 您可以到电梯旁的指南上查找。你到哪儿去?他下午到医院看病去。 – user6065 Nov 5 '17 at 15:44
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到。。。。中 quite literally says 'to .... in'

Chinese nearly always has these double-barrelled prepositions, like here, 到。。。中 = in, into

还有一种办法,他可能会[到地址目录中]查找。

人们应该将正确的理论应用[到实践中]。

到事业中去
到打字机中
到空气中

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到...中 in this context could be interpreted as 'get into'.

他可能会到地址目录中查找?: he might get into the address catalogue to have a search.

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You're breaking the sentence down correctly.

might mean go to, for indicating where to do sth. So "到地址目录中查找" means "to look up in the address book".

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