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    wise for you or wise of you

    it is wise for you to do it

    It is wise of you to do it

    which is correct?

    If both are correct, is there any difference?

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    Re: wise for you or wise of you

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    it is wise for you to do it

    It is wise of you to do it

    which is correct?

    If both are correct, is there any difference?
    Only the second is correct.


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    Re: wise for you or wise of you

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Only the second is correct.
    But I see many examples with " wise for you to infinitive" instead of "of" in newspaper.

    It would be wise for you to learn in advance about the trends and jobs that have a future.

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    Re: wise for you or wise of you

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    it is wise for you to do it

    It is wise of you to do it

    which is correct?

    If both are correct, is there any difference?
    With your examples, I would say both are OK, but have a bit of different meaning.

    The first "It is wise for you to do it..." means the speaker/writer is expressing opinion about the course of action itself, not necessarily speaking about the person being spoken to, the doer.

    The second "It is wise of you to do it..." means that the person spoken to is wise themselves. I like the first one personally. It sounds the most natural.

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