Which preposition, for or to, is correct in below sentence?

It is less stressful [for/to] a child than an adult to learn a foreign language.


The preposition for introduces the person who feels stressful, regardless of the verb form used:

Working is stressful for some.

It is stressful for some to work.

You can omit the subject of the stress:

It is stressful to work.

NGrams shows that to is also used but for is the preferred preposition. It also shows that stress was popularised in the late 20th century.

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  • You said the same I did: use of "for" as the basic one, and "to" with verbs. What's the difference?
    – Alenanno
    May 5 '11 at 9:14
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    I am saying the object person is always introduced with for, never to. In the examples to is not a preposition it is part of a verb form. The verb form that describes the action causing the stress.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    May 5 '11 at 10:06
  • Ok but I never said "to" is a preposition... Plus it seems czh found an entry where to is used as a preposition.
    – Alenanno
    May 5 '11 at 10:08
  • Yes.. it seems that it's in use, but for is preferred
    – z7sg Ѫ
    May 5 '11 at 10:10
  • I agree on that.
    – Alenanno
    May 5 '11 at 10:24

It is less stressful ( for / to ) a child than an adult to learn a foreign language.

"For" is the right choice, but it would be even better as:

It is less stressful for a child to learn a foreign language than for an adult.

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