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It has become the symbol of our city.
It has become the symbol for our city.

Is one of them wrong, or do they have different meanings?

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    They are both correct, but mean different things. "Of" is definitely the more common choice, however.

    "Symbol of our city" means "our city's symbol" and describes possession. In Japanese, you would say "わが町のシンボル”

    "Symbol for our city" means that the symbol somehow exists for the (benefit of the) city. This would sound like "わが町のためのシンボル”

    I hope this was helpful!

    Basically they mean the same thing. However, depending on context they could slightly infer slightly different meanings.

    It has become the symbol "of" our city :)

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