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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    Usually we are open to new opportunities, the public, and new ideas, but open for business, registrations, etc. – anongoodnurse Mar 26 '14 at 0:43
  • @medica do you know any general rules or exceptions what article to choose and when? – hazzik Mar 26 '14 at 0:45
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    I wish there were easy rules, but there are so many prepositions, it's probably best to learn them case by case as you did here. You'll get a better feel for them with every use. – anongoodnurse Mar 26 '14 at 0:50
  • "Open to" often implies an event (encountering an opportunity, being shown to the public) where "open for" implies a (regular) state. However, this rule is more of a "feeling" rule than anything else, since "registrations" can be seen as events and "to the public" as a state. – Marco Mar 28 '14 at 23:32

The first one is correct. "Open to something" means that you're willing to consider something; that you're agreeable to hear or learn about new ideas and suggestions. For example: "He's open to any reasonable suggestions." So, in your case, "I'm open to new opportunities", means that you're willing to consider any new opportunities. As for "open for", I agree with anongoodnurse.

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