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Questions about choosing between the prepositions "to" and "for".

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"New additions *for*..." or "New additions *to*..."

If I'm trying to advertise that you can scroll through this webpage to find additions that go in/on your home, would it be... "Find new additions for your home." "Find new additions ...
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Get the path "to" vs "of" vs "for" a file?

Which phrase would be most correct to use? Or are they all correct, and it just depends on the situation, which to use? In my case it's regarding getting a path from a method in a Java program. A ...
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Time to infinitive or time for gerund

Please consider the following constructions: 1. It's time to launch it 2. It's time for launching it 3. It's time for being taught this lesson 4. It's time to be taught this lesson Which one(s) is/are ...
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Poses a problem for/to

I keep seeing both versions and I can't find a definite answer from googling. For example, which of these would be correct? "Although this dilemma poses a problem to the proposed view..." "...
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"Apply to" vs "apply for"

Do I need to be registered before I can apply for university Do I need to be registered before I can apply to university Do I need to be registered before I can apply for my Bachelor of ...
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Approach to vs. approach for

I saw the answered questions which could make mine a duplicate (for instance "Approach to" or "approach for", but I did not find an answer. Using approach as a noun, is there a ...
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For each challenge a solution OR To each Challenge its solution

I'm wondering which of the following is actually correct: - For each challenge a solution - To each Challenge its solution I need it this way because it's for a title. And I need it short and catchy....
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Consequences + of + to / for

While learning some new words recently, I've come across the word "consequence" which has caused me some trouble. I understand the meaning of the word but linking it with other words is a bit ...
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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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Born to do something or born for doing something / Made for doing something or to do something

I was wondering if there is a difference between these 2 possibilities. In different songs I've heard: 'I was born for loving you', or 'Born to be wild', but I don't get if there's a real ...
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"To run" vs. "for running of"

I read this sentence in a book: Petrol is needed for running of a car. I wonder if I could say "Petrol is needed to run a car." Is the second sentence grammatically correct? If yes, then what is ...
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'Catalyst for' vs 'catalyst to'

I came across this sentence in an exercise: 'Arkwright is considered the father of the modern industrial factory system and his inventions were a catalyst ___ the Industrial Revolution.' There are 3 ...
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Using "use" with "to" and "for" when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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"So that" or "For ... to"

Does "so that" and "for ... to" have the same usage? For example: I bought this sweater so (that) you can wear it. and: I bought this sweater for you to wear it. Is there any difference ...
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For what you have stood up for [closed]

Work your ass off for what you have stood up! or Work your ass off for what you have stood up for!
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between using for ...
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What is the the right way to say "for user" or "to user"

What is the the right way to say(for or to)? Private message from John `for` Jake or Private message from John `to` Jake
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"Sorry for bothering you" vs. "sorry to bother you" [closed]

Is it grammatically OK to use "Sorry for bothering you"? I often hear "Sorry to bother you".
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"Even to me" or "even for me" [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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"For nothing but (to)..."?

"You should do this, even if for nothing but to test." "You should do this, even if for nothing but testing." The first sentence feels acceptable, but is it wrong because of "for"? After all, it ...
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"Indispensable for" vs, "indispensable to"

What is the difference between "indispensable to" and "indispensable for"? Likewise, between "it is important to me" and "it is important for me", which one is correct?
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"Something to the rescue!" vs "Something for the rescue" — which one is correct?

I was wondering which one of the following constructions below is grammatically correct? Or both are acceptable? Something to the rescue! Something for the rescue!
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Saying something is "for real" vs just saying something is "real"

I have a silly question that's been stuck in my head for a little bit. There was a movie that came out a little while ago called, "Heaven is for real" ... and something about the word "...
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"Open to opportunities" vs. "open for opportunities"

I want to know which sentence is correct and why: I'm open to new opportunities. I'm open for new opportunities.
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"These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research" [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the following? ...
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'quoted to you' or 'quoted for you'?

Which is correct? The price we quoted for you or The price we quoted to you I often stumble with this. I'm not sure how to use for you and to you.
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Is it correct to use the phrase "pay attention" with "that"?

Is it correct to say "Pay attention that..."? or must I use "Pay attention to..." For example: "An attention should be paid that this is a one-way street".
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Questions "for chapter" or "to chapter"?

I always have a hard time in these cases: to choose for or to. Suppose I want to make a list of questions and as a headline I would like to name it something like: Questions for chapter 2. Is that ...
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"Critical in" vs. "critical for" vs. "critical to" [closed]

I am confused about the correct preposition to use before achieving in this sentence: Tracking service delivery is critical in achieving the goals of the health program. I feel "critical for ...
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"Developed to [infinitive]" vs. "developed for [gerund]" [duplicate]

I am confused about when to use "to verb" and when to use "for verb+ing" constructs. For example what would be the proper construct for the following sentences extracted from scientific journals: A ...
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The difference between "to someone" and "for someone" [duplicate]

To many people, we are the scariest animals in the world. For me, English is the easiest of all subjects. Why does the former sentence use "to" someone and the latter use "for" ...
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"for someone to do something" in the beginning of a sentence

For people to change their minds, first, the Church needed to.... is this a correct usage? what i am trying to say is people will change their minds if the Church does but the Church's changing is a ...
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“For clarity” vs. “To make clear” [closed]

Compare: "He modified the sentence for clarity." vs "He modified the sentence to make it clear." Any difference here?
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A letter to/for Jason?

Suppose Jason were at home and a mail carrier came to his front door with a letter addressed to Jason. Which of the following is correct? It was a letter for Jason. It was a letter to Jason.
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"Left as an exercise for the reader" vs. "to the reader"

I think the most common is "X is left as an exercise for the reader", but it looks like both are in use. Is the "to" variant correct? If not, why?
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Departed to vs Departed for

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? Could you let me know reason for using the favourable preposition (either to or for)? After having my dinner, I will depart to my house. ...
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Solution of/to/for equation

A recent question to when to use of and when for/to for solution suggested that of appears only in context of chemistry, and the word means something very different then. But I recalled almost ...
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"She did not report for work" vs. "she did not report to work"

Which of the two is grammatical or is better in style — "report for work" or "report to work"? I've always used the first, "report for work", following the pattern of "report for duty", which I ...
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"Questions to" or "Questions for"? [closed]

I am writing a list of questions to be asked in an interview, and was wondering about the title of my list. Is it supposed to be called "Questions to Artists" or "Questions for Artists"? What is the ...
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"Surprising to" vs. "surprising for"

Should I say "one thing is quite surprising to me" or "one thing is quite surprising for me" in the sentence below? I've read your article. I am not going to say it's completely dud, don't worry. ...
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Using "to" versus "for" between two nouns ("key to success")

Another user provided an example and I have added others: Key to exercise Key for exercise Answer to a problem Answer for a problem Bullet to a gun Bullet for a gun She bought ...
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"Key to" vs. "key for"

Key to exercises. Today I saw the quoted sentence when looking at the keys to exercises, and afterwards that sentence got me thinking why the preposition to is used here instead of for. The way ...
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"Answer to the question" vs. "answer for the question" vs. "answer of the question"

The answer to the question. The answer for the question. The answer of the question. Which is grammatical? What are the differences? And what is the preferred usage?
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"For [verb]ing" vs "to [verb]"

Someone edited my message on StackOverflow, but it really bugs me out. I'm not sure what's wrong with it: As you see, the bigger the circle becomes, the more vertices I need for hiding the straight ...
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"To some" vs. "for some"

Are "for some" and "to some" interchangable? To some the sun appears brighter in the afternoons. My natural instinct is to use "for some" in that sentence, but I don't understand why "to some" is ...
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Grammar: For vs to? [closed]

In my mother tongue both for and to have the same meaning, therefore it is hard for (is it being correctly used here?) me to know when I should use one instead of the other. After some google's ...
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"Suited to an Indian mindset " vs. "suited for an Indian mindset"

Is there a difference between suited to and suited for? For example, Japan is suited for agriculture. Agriculture is suited to Japan. In my above examples, can I interchange for with to? I feel like ...
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"Available jobs to/for them"

First of all, English is not my first language. I have a question, maybe a basic one, about this phrase: The situation highlights the mismatch between some areas of training and available jobs to/...
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"leave to" or "leave for"

Which of the following is correct? I am leaving for London. I am leaving to London. I have always thought the first one is correct till I came across the name of this painting.
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"Relevant to" vs. "relevant for"

Is there a rule to decide which is better: relevant to or relevant for? One is accusative and one dative but that doesn't really help me.
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