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Which is correct?

The price we quoted for you


The price we quoted to you

I often stumble with this. I'm not sure how to use for you and to you.

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'Quote' in this sense is ditransitive: it doesn't need a preposition. 'The price we quoted you' works fine and sounds most natural. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 8 '14 at 8:39
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While I think they mean roughly the same thing, I do see one difference between those two.

As Edwin suggests in the comment above, The price we quoted to you is exactly identical in meaning to The price we quoted you

Maybe I disagree with Edwin (or maybe not), but I see a small potential difference in the for you construction. The price we quoted for you means The price we quoted for your sake.

With ditransitive verbs, we usually think of the preposition-less form as implying one particular relation between that object and the verb. For quote, we assume "to". If you say for you, then you mean

Thus, to give a similar example:

The poem I wrote for you

= the poem was something I wrote on your behalf


The poem I wrote to you

= The poem I wrote to give to you

The sentence the poem I wrote you is identical in meaning with the latter.

To give a dissimilar example, the cake I baked you is identical to the cake I baked for you and the cake I baked to you is ungrammatical.

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I'm niot disagreeing, but isn't that usually (i.e. identical to) The ice cream I bought you? – TimLymington Mar 8 '14 at 10:00
I think it is in the case of bought. But the ice cream I bought to you is non-grammatical. Maybe it's just AmE but I assume the second object to be "to you" with quote and would not infer "for you" in that case. – virmaior Mar 8 '14 at 10:03
@TimLymington okay, I've switched out the example and incorporated the knowledge I gained from your comment – virmaior Mar 8 '14 at 10:09
I'm not disagreeing either. A good analysis. But being me, I'll add an ambiguous case: 'He wrote me a letter'. Usually means 'to' but can mean 'for'. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 8 '14 at 10:29

'For' and 'To' have many different uses in different situation.

In your case above this would be the correct answer in my opinion:

The price we quoted to you.

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How about an explanation of why? Perhaps expand upon those many different uses. – David M Mar 18 '14 at 3:41

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