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For and To

Hi Guys, I have a doubts and I'll be glad if you can help me.

About FOR and TO,

I've learned a lot of these preposition. One of them says that:

"If someone wants to use for reason/cause following by VERB, We have to use TO and following by NOUN we have to use FOR"

eg. They got out To relax and have fun.

    This area is FOR guests only.

Correct? "

Note: Reason/Cause.

What about this word above? What's the correct?

Sorry FOR Interrupting you...        VS            Sorry TO Interrupting you...  

Sorry FOR cutting you...                VS            Sorry TO cutting you...   

Sorry FOR taking your words...    VS            Sorry TO taking your words...  

Sep 25, 2016 12:17 PM
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for those three phrases, FOR is correct because it's before a verb ending in "-ing"

it would only be correct to use TO if the phrase used verbs in the present tense e.g 'sorry TO interrupt you'

September 25, 2016

You're analysing this too much. You can simply search for your phrases online, and simply accept the results. 

The best way to learn prepositions is in a phrase. By trying to find a magic definition for each preposition, you are making your progress slow and open to mistakes.

September 25, 2016

Hi, Berceles!

@Christina has already answered the main part of your question. I think the amount of practice you do will determine your success in using these correctly.

Like a lot of non-native English-speakers, you're translating from Portuguese when you begin your post. It's technically not wrong to say 'I have a doubt' but what you mean is 'I have a question'.

Get into the habit of saying one of these:

I have a question.

Could I ask you a question?

May I ask you a question?

Would you mind answering a question?

Hope that helps!



September 26, 2016

Hi ServiceTier,

Many thanks.

Your comment and help are help me to improve my English. 

God Bless you!

September 26, 2016

Thanks Peachey for the tip.

I'll have tried it.

September 26, 2016
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