Last time we covered the difference between the prepositions “of” and “to.” Now a variation.
The difference between “to” and “for” is that “for” is to be good to a person, an animal or a thing. When you use “for,” the action is especially for that person/animal/thing.
“To” is to give or transfer something to another person/animal/thing. The action is not especially for that person/animal/thing.
Have a look at these examples:
1) I gave the book to Elsie.
I wrote this book for Elsie.
2) Tim is talking to his brother.
Tim is playing a love song for his girlfriend. (also “to” can be used here, with a difference in meaning.)
3) She’s adding stamps to her collection.
She’s collecting stamps for her collection.
In some cases, both to and for can be used.
1 The lecturer gives a lecture to/for his students.
The lecturer gives the lecture…
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