Consider the following sentences:

  • An empty box will do for a table.
  • The box will do fine as a table.

One uses for, the other as. Are the two interchangeable? Can the for be replaced with an as without affecting the meaning?

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    'will do' just means 'serves the purpose' -- the preposition depends on the rest of the sentence. Note that 'for' here implies 'to function as'. – Kris Dec 19 '12 at 6:52

Either one will do for/as a preposition in this context.

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