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Maria Laura

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Where and when I can use "for" and "to"? In Portuguese these two does mean just one word (para). I get confused sometimes.


Jan 16, 2015 1:44 AM
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This can get extremely confusing. Here is the best list of examples I could find.


Use TO in these cases:

Destination - “We’re going to Paris.”
Time - “It’s a quarter to 2.”
Distance - “It’s about ten miles from my house to the university.”
Comparing - “I prefer sleeping to working.”
Giving - “I gave the book to my sister.”
Motive/Reason – with verb - “I came here to see you.”


Use FOR in these cases:

Benefits - “Yogurt is good for your digestion.”
Period of time - “We’ve lived here for 2 years.”
Schedule - “I made an appointment for May 3.”
Agree with - “Are you for or against the development of nuclear weapons?”
Doing something to help someone - “Could you carry these books for me?”
Motive/Reason – with noun - “Let’s go out for a drink.”
Function – with verb (-ing form) - “A ladle is a big spoon used for serving soup.”

As you can see, TO or FOR can be used for a motive/reason, but TO is always with a verb, and FOR is always with a noun. Here’s a good example:

I came to New York to work.
I came to New York for a new job.

January 16, 2015



It was the best quiestion ever.  I have been asking for an answer the whole week. 



January 18, 2015
Maria Laura
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