Are there guidelines for when to use to or for with appealing?
I was writing this sentence: '... choose a time that is appealing to you', and then thought it was likely for, but either seems to make sense or "sound right".
'Appealing to' and 'Appealing for' are different.
One appeals to someone (a person, an institution, a court, a foundation etc) to do something.
The other appeals for something ( a benefit, a ruling, funds, help, etc).
'... choose a time that is appealing to you'
'... choose a time that is appealing for you'
I would prefer the first example, but the second example is comprehensible. I would prefer:
'.....choose a time that appeals to you' or '.... choose a time that is convenient for you'.
In that context, I'd use "to". If I find something appealing, it is appealing to me. If I need help from someone and a third party talks to the person that can provide it, they are appealing "for" me. It's a different use of the word, but that's the connotation that "to" and "for" bring out. (at least to me.)
When you say "appealing for", that makes me think that you wrote something nice, and it's for me. When you say "appealing to", that makes me think that it's nice to me, meaning that I like it.
I cooked something impeccably appealing for you!
This means that the chef cooked something that looked nice to him, but not exactly to the eater. It's not exactly a direct judging.
I cooked something that's impeccably appealing to you!
This sentence it extremely directed towards the eater. It basically displays the chef's take on the outcome of the eater's opinion.
Two different sense of appeal are involved here, taking different prepositions