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This is the complete question which I came across during a competitive exam.

Eager to control the South Atlantic, the British Navy had tasked Admiral Byron ________ (with/for) settling an island off the South American coast where ships could resupply, and then finding an alternative route to the East Indies.

I am confused about which preposition should be used before "settling" and why?

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    The correct question is: What is the correct preposition for the verb task, – Lambie Jun 27 '19 at 16:33
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'with settling' is the correct expression here.

Generally we task someone with some job to do.

We might ask someone for some job to be done.

Some examples.

He was tasked with cleaning his room.

She asked for furniture to be delivered.

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  • Now I can understand that here preposition is used according to 'task', not 'settling'. – Kalvaniya Jun 28 '19 at 2:50

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