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For Vs To

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Learning a new language can be very difficult. There are several ways of learning something new. One of them, that can be classified as the best, is to keep studying every day until you are one hundred percent sure you have mastered the subject. Here, you are going to learn the correct use of the prepositions for and to.

Both words can have the same translation sometimes, but we have to be aware of their uses in different situations. For example:

The word for is used to specify that something is/was being done to benefit another person or thing

Look at the examples:
“I can clean the house for you!
He will cook something for your friends.
We are going to buy a gift for you.
She did not do this for you.
They are here for your aid.”

For is also used to express purpose or reason why something is being done:
“Buckle up for safety.
He exercises for his health.
I am pretty for myself.
He is endangering himself for you.
We are here for her.”

On the other hand, to is used to indicate that something or someone is being transferred from one place to another, from one person to another, or to express direction. Look:
“I moved the couch from the dining room to the living room.
I am going to change the subject from grammar to pronunciation next class.
I am going to give the book to Amanda.
I will go to work.
I will talk to them.”

In order to learn to use any word properly, we have to practice:


Write e-mails to someone

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Write about facts that happened to you during the day, such as in a diary. Writing will help you with your grammar and with the construction of texts in general.

Do not forget: the best way to learn, is to study.

Teacher JAIR DOS SANTOS TRINDADE, English teacher from Capão Redondo


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