Questions about choosing between the prepositions "to" and "for".

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Is there a difference between “for this purpose” and “to this purpose”?

Is there a difference between these two expressions and should one of them be preferred?
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Which is correct: “it's not a big deal to me” or “it's not a big deal for me”?

What is the correct way to say it? It's not a big deal to me. It's not a big deal for me. Also, should I use "it's not" or "it's no"?
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Rule for using “for” vs. “to”

A Brazilian friend speaks English very well, but has a very unique habit: it seems often that she needs to use "for" but she instead uses "to", and vice-versa. For instance: The present is to ...
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“In order to…”, “To…” or “For…”

What preposition should we use to start a sentence where we first explain a purpose and then a method to achieve it? Example 1 Purpose = pass the exams Method = study a lot In order to pass the ...
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Expressing an opinion: to me or for me?

Which one should be used? To me, it makes no difference, but I'm not really sure why. vs For me, it makes no difference, but I'm not really sure why.
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How does one know when to use a gerund or an infinitive?

As a native speaker of English, the gerund version of this sentence sounds better: infinitive: When used together in chains, extension methods are an unprecedented tool to produce extremely ...