Is there any correction required for this sentence, She's waiting for people to respond by the invitations they sent out, is by the right preposition to use, if not then why ? and why can we use ** to instead of by ** ??

  • Hi Sandra. It is a matter of the verb. You wait (for people) to + Verb. He waited for his friends to arrive. She waited for the traffic light to turn green. If that is the extent of your question, then it is better asked on English Language Learners. Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 16:25

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I advocate the use of 'to' in this regard:

Check Cambridge Advanced Learners it is a great dictionary that highlights the correct use of prepositions. I tend to believe that it's the only dictionary that has the various uses of prepositions highlighted in the examples.

I want to respond to something that Norman said.
He responded by marching off and slamming the door behind him.

As you can see, by is used to refer to the subject that responds rather than the recipient/receiver.

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