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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    First I thought I should stop asking this kind of trivial question,
    but on the second thought I would like to ask you this question, tdol.

    You wrote,"It seems very difficult to me for you to speak Chinese."
    Then, is it OK to say,"It seems very difficult to me for me to speak Chinese."?
    It sounds very strange even to me.
    However, when I definitely want to say "for me to speak Chinese", is it OK?

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Thank you very much, Dandelion.

    I would like to ask you one more question.
    You picked out 'for' for the answer to my alternative question 1) The movie was very boring ( to / for ) me.
    This time you wrote that "The movie was boring for me." sounds a little unnatural to me.
    Does it mean 'The movie was very boring for me.' sounds better than 'boring to me' but 'a boring experience for me' is the best?

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Quote Originally Posted by Sstupid
    Thank you very much, Dandelion.

    I would like to ask you one more question.
    You picked out 'for' for the answer to my alternative question 1) The movie was very boring ( to / for ) me.
    This time you wrote that "The movie was boring for me." sounds a little unnatural to me.
    Does it mean 'The movie was very boring for me.' sounds better than 'boring to me' but 'a boring experience for me' is the best?
    I am really so, so sorry!

    (Quoting myself below:)
    Yes, although "The movie was boring for me." sounds a little unnatural to me, I would probably say "The movie was a boring experience for me."

    Sorry, delete the "for" and put "to" in its place. I meant to say that "The movie was boring to me." sounds less natural than "The movie was boring for me."

    The movie was boring for me.
    The movie was a boring experience for me.


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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Thank you very much, Dandelion!
    If you make a mistake like this, it means 'to' or 'for' isn't really a big deal, doesn't it?

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Let's put it down to hasty posting. The fact is that I started out to say one thing, then changed my mind, but didn't rephrase everything properly. If I had proofread what I wrote, maybe I would have noticed the contradiction. But I agree with you, sometimes the "to or for" issue is not such a big deal.


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    Please forgive me for my rude remarks, Dandelion. I didn't mean to be rude, but I might have hurt your feelings. I knew that it could be put down to hasty posting or something like that. The fact is that I still cannot express myself satisfactorily in English. I sometimes hurt someone's feelings even when I am talking in my native language, though.

    Thanks a lot, Dandelion!!!

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    My goodness! There was nothing rude about your remarks and therefore, there was no way at all you could have hurt my feelings. To tell the truth, my boo-boo rather amused me. I'm really sorry to have given you a wrong impression.

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Thank you very much again, Dandelion.

    I am relieved to know that I haven't hurt your feelings. Thank you very much for taking the trouble to say that.

    Today I found these following sentences when I was looking up 'vital' in a dictionary.
    1) Skillful employees are vital to the success of any company. (vital to)
    2) To be able to cope with change is vital for survival. (vital for)

    However, I decided not to worry about 'to or for' issue until I can speak and write much better. There are a lot of things I really have to do to improve my English.

    But I am not saying that I will never ask you all any questions!!!

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