Here I want to say that this function just should be applied to the following classes: A, B and C.

This function just applies for/to A, B and C.

But once again I am not sure which preposition should I use ?


3 Answers 3


In this context,

Apply: to be pertinent or relevant; have a bearing on; concern

  • A rule that applies to everyone.
  • What I have said does not apply to you.

So, the correct answer is:

This function just applies to Conductors, RYSP and Officers.

  • Thanks for the quick reply but can you elabore a little more ?
    – utxeee
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:45
  • @utxeee I have edited my answer a bit. I hope, now, you will understand it better with the meaning concern.
    – user20934
    Jun 25, 2012 at 15:00

"Apply to" is used when we are saying where something is relevant. e.g. "That rule doesn't apply to me." "Normal logic does not apply to political debates."

"Apply for" is used when we are requesting something. e.g. "I would like to apply for the job of senior sanitation engineer." "Jack applied for a credit card."

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    @feynman Fluent English speakers do not say, "I applied to a job". They say, "I applied for a job."
    – Jay
    Jan 10, 2019 at 17:42
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    No, that's right. Sorry if this is confusing. You "apply to" a program or organization, but you "apply for" a position. So, "I applied to the graduate program", but "I applied for a graduate assistant job". Or, "I applied to Fwacbar University", but "I applied for a slot at Fwacbar University".
    – Jay
    Jan 11, 2019 at 16:14

Apply to: This rule applies to everyone. Apply yourself to this task.

Apply for: To apply for a job

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