I would like to know why we must use the preposition "to" instead of "for" in the following sentence Thanks

Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?

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You wouldn't.

The correct version is:

Is there a loophole in some of these requirements?

See the example sentences here, and here.

The word loophole originally referred to a real hole. Hole occur in things, not to or for things. (Although in fairness it should be said that sometimes prepositions in English are pretty arbitrary.)

Obviously there are sentences in which 'to' can be used with loophole, but they have a different meaning, such as:

He used a loophole to avoid paying his taxes.

  • Sorry, I heard "Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?" from a native speaker of English so I am sure "to" is correct. Can you explain why ? Thaks
    – tonguing
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:43
  • Follow the link to the example sentences. Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:48
  • I see where you are coming from. It seems you can also say "in". However, I ve seen "to" used in replacement of "to" and this is what I d like to understand. I am sure "Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?" is acceptable. Here s another example "Christoph Meinel and Larry Leifer assert that there are four principles "to" design thinking" Why "to" design thinking and not ""in" design thinking" ? The original version is with "to" Thanks
    – tonguing
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:51
  • Just because you've seen it doesn't mean its correct. As for your other question, please ask it as a separate question. Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:53
  • I am not trying to be correct, I am trying to figure out what s acceptable for native speakers, even if it s not approved by Webster Dictionary Thanks
    – tonguing
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:55

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