TO vs FOR

To vs For! Many English learners have difficulties understanding the difference between To vs For in English.


TO vs FOR

When to Use TO


1. Destination

  • We’re going to Paris.

  • I’m going to school.

  • My Mom went to the dentist yesterday.

  • The apple fell to the ground

2. What time it is?


  • It’s a quarter to 2.

  • It is quarter to six.

3. Distance

  • It’s about ten miles from my house to the university.

4. Comparing

  • I prefer sleeping to working.

  • She prefer walking to riding

5. Giving

  • I gave the book to my sister.

  • He gave a to his daughter on her birthday.

6. Motive/ Reason – with verb

  • I came here to see you.

  • He worked hard to earn money.

  • I want to talk to you.



When to Use FOR


1. Benefits

  • Yogurt is good for your digestion.

  • Vitamin A is good for eyesight

2. Period of time

  • We’ve lived here for 2 years.

  • I have been waiting for her for 2 hours

3. Schedule

  • I made an appointment for May 3.

4. Agree with

  • Are you for or against the development of nuclear weapons?

5. Doing something to help someone

  • Could you carry these books for me?

6. Motive/ Reason – with noun

  • Let’s go out for a drink.

  • We stopped at the pub for a drink.

  • I went to London for a conference.

7. Function – with verb (-ing form)

  • A ladle is a big spoon used for serving soup.

  • An altimeter is used for measuring height above sea level



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