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What is the difference between for and to? thanks.

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    There is no significant difference.

    All I can say is that I would use "It's important for me...", when I want to:

    1. make a stronger statement, i.e. I must/have to do it.

    "It's important for me to learn English."

    2. make a comparitive statement, i.e. have this rather than something else.

    "My neighbour is an American and therefore it's important for me to learn English (rather than any other language)."

    3. convey a feeling of immediacy

    "It's important for me to learn English now, if I am to speak with my American neighbour."

    4. give a list of criteria, i.e. I must have this, that and the other.

    "It's important for me to have a phone that can take photographs and connect to the web."

    If I replace the above 4 statements with the words "It's important to me...", it does not sound right. Maybe it is something to do with the repetitiveness of 'to' that I don't like, anyway, if I replace "It's important for me to..." with "It's important to me that I...." then it sounds better.

    I hope this helps you


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