what's the difference between"leave sth for sb" & "leave sth to sb". ? I saw a grammar point today: “leave sth. to sb. & leave sth. for sb.” have separately different meanings. Here’s two examples below: They left me no food. = They left no food for me. 他们没给我留一点食物。 My uncle left me a large fortune. = My uncle left a large fortune to me. 我叔叔死后留下一大笔财产给我。 But I still don’t understand what the difference is. Is there anyone here could answer this question? Thanks a lot!
Sep 25, 2012 7:11 AM
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Uhmmm I'll have a go. :) I'll have to change your first sentence to positive, so you can see how it works. They left some food for me. = You are the reason why they left the food. Who is the food for? The food is for Jessie. My uncle left a large fortune to me. = Well, your uncle would leave a large fortune anyway. He simply decided it should be sent in your direction and given to you. These are very specific examples you are asking about. I'd suggest you look for more examples of "to me" and "for me" and see how it works in the greater picture.
September 25, 2012
They can be used in many different ways. "I left food for you" = I left food, specially so that you would have it. "He left a fortune to me" = He left a fortune, with the instruction that it should go to me. "He left a fortune for me" is also correct, in a different sense (it implies he's still alive) "I left food to you" sounds strange.
September 26, 2012
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