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

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So+That or For+To

So+That and For+To have the same usage? For example: I bought this sweater so (that) you can wear it. I bought this sweater for you to wear it. Is there any difference between both ...
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Application of sth. to or for?

What is the correct phrase: a) "I am interested in the application of method A to the economic analysis of the data." b) "I am interested in the application of method A for the economic analysis of ...
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“Suited to an Indian mindset ” vs. “suited for an Indian mindset”

Is there a difference between suited to and suited for? For example, Japan is suited for agriculture. Agriculture is suited to Japan. In my above examples, can I interchange for with to? I ...
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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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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 ...
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“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...
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Proper use of “out to lunch”, “out for lunch” and “out at lunch”

Recently a co-worker and I debated the proper use of "out to lunch". The argument stemmed from conversation over the appropriate preposition to use, and became particularly heated when we tried to ...
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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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Born to do something or born for doing something / Made for doing something or to do something

I was wondering if there is a difference between these 2 possibilities. In different songs I've heard: 'I was born for loving you', or 'Born to be wild', but I don't get if there's a real ...
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“Reschedule to” or “reschedule for”?

Would you like me to re-schedule to today instead? Would you like me to re-schedule for today instead?
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when do I use “to” and when do I use “for” [duplicate]

example I will go to Bern to travel. I will go to Bern for travelling.
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'Catalyst for' vs 'catalyst to'

I came across this sentence in an exercise: 'Arkwright is considered the father of the modern industrial factory system and his inventions were a catalyst ___ the Industrial Revolution.' There are 3 ...
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“To run” vs. “for running of”

I read this sentence in a book: Petrol is needed for running of a car. I wonder if I could say "Petrol is needed to run a car." Is the second sentence grammatically correct? If yes, then what ...
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Solution of/to/for equation

A recent question to when to use of and when for/to for solution suggested that of appears only in context of chemistry, and the word means something very different then. But I recalled almost ...
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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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Using “use” with “to” and “for” when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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“leave to” or “leave for”

Which of the following is correct? I am leaving for London. I am leaving to London. I have always thought the first one is correct till I came across the name of this painting.
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For what you have stood up for [closed]

Work your ass off for what you have stood up! or Work your ass off for what you have stood up for!
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“Indispensible for” vs, “indispensible to”

What is the difference between "indispensible to" and "indispensible for"? Likewise, between "it is important to me" and "it is important for me", which one is correct?
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“Prerequisite for” vs. “prerequisite to”

When is it appropriate to use "prerequisite for" instead of "prerequisite to"? Does it depend on context, or is it a matter of style? I googled the two phrases and found 4.5 million hits for "...
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What is the the right way to say “for user” or “to user”

What is the the right way to say(for or to)? Private message from John `for` Jake or Private message from John `to` Jake
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“Sorry for bothering you” vs. “sorry to bother you” [closed]

Is it grammatically OK to use "Sorry for bothering you"? I often hear "Sorry to bother you".
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“For nothing but (to)…”?

"You should do this, even if for nothing but to test." "You should do this, even if for nothing but testing." The first sentence feels acceptable, but is it wrong because of "for"? After all, it ...
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“Even to me” or “even for me” [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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“Importance of _ to” or “Importance of _ for”?

Which is correct: "the importance of money for someone" or "the importance of money to someone"?
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“Something to the rescue!” vs “Something for the rescue” — which one is correct?

I was wondering which one of the following constructions below is grammatically correct? Or both are acceptable? Something to the rescue! Something for the rescue!
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Saying something is “for real” vs just saying something is “real”

I have a silly question that's been stuck in my head for a little bit. There was a movie that came out a little while ago called, "Heaven is for real" ... and something about the word "for" in that ...
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What is the difference between “heading to” and “heading for”?

What is the difference between to and for in the following statements? I am headed to the airport. I am headed for the airport.
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“Open to opportunities” vs. “open for opportunities”

I want to know which sentence is correct and why: I'm open to new opportunities. I'm open for new opportunities.
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the following?...
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'quoted to you' or 'quoted for you'?

Which is correct? The price we quoted for you or 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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Is it correct to use the phrase “pay attention” with “that”?

Is it correct to say "Pay attention that..."? or must I use "Pay attention to..." For example: "An attention should be paid that this is a one-way street".
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Questions “for chapter” or “to chapter”?

I always have a hard time in these cases: to choose for or to. Suppose I want to make a list of questions and as a headline I would like to name it something like: Questions for chapter 2. Is that ...
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“Solution for” or “solution to” a problem?

I need to find a solution to/for this problem. Can to and for be used interchangeably here? Is one of them just plain wrong?
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“Critical in” vs. “critical for” vs. “critical to” [closed]

I am confused about the correct preposition to use before achieving in this sentence: Tracking service delivery is critical in achieving the goals of the health program. I feel "critical for ...
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“Answer to the question” vs. “answer for the question” vs. “answer of the question”

The answer to the question. The answer for the question. The answer of the question. Which is grammatical? What are the differences? And what is the preferred usage?
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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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“Developed to [infinitive]” vs. “developed for [gerund]” [duplicate]

I am confused about when to use "to verb" and when to use "for verb+ing" constructs. For example what would be the proper construct for the following sentences extracted from scientific journals: ...
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The difference between “to someone” and “for someone” [duplicate]

To many people, we are the scariest animals in the world. For me, English is the easiest of all subjects. Why does the former sentence use "to" someone and the latter use "for" someone? What ...
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“for someone to do something” in the beginning of a sentence

For people to change their minds, first, the Church needed to.... is this a correct usage? what i am trying to say is people will change their minds if the Church does but the Church's changing is ...
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“For clarity” vs. “To make clear” [closed]

Compare: "He modified the sentence for clarity." vs "He modified the sentence to make it clear." Any difference here?
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A letter to/for Jason?

Suppose Jason were at home and a mail carrier came to his front door with a letter addressed to Jason. Which of the following is correct? It was a letter for Jason. It was a letter to Jason.
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“Left as an exercise for the reader” vs. “to the reader”

I think the most common is "X is left as an exercise for the reader", but it looks like both are in use. Is the "to" variant correct? If not, why?
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“Key to” vs. “key for”

Key to exercises. Today I saw the quoted sentence when looking at the keys to exercises, and afterwards that sentence got me thinking why the preposition to is used here instead of for. The way ...
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Departed to vs Departed for

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? Could you let me know reason for using the favourable preposition (either to or for)? After having my dinner, I will depart to my house. ...
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“She did not report for work” vs. “she did not report to work”

Which of the two is grammatical or is better in style — "report for work" or "report to work"? I've always used the first, "report for work", following the pattern of "report for duty", which I ...
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“Questions to” or “Questions for”? [closed]

I am writing a list of questions to be asked in an interview, and was wondering about the title of my list. Is it supposed to be called "Questions to Artists" or "Questions for Artists"? What is the ...
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“Surprising to” vs. “surprising for”

Should I say "one thing is quite surprising to me" or "one thing is quite surprising for me" in the sentence below? I've read your article. I am not going to say it's completely dud, don't worry....