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    Cool describe it to or for?

    Hello!

    Can we use "to" and "for" interchangeably in this case, please?

    "Describe this picture for/to me".

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    Default Re: describe it to or for?

    Yes.

    (I like your questions, Will. They are usually straightforward.)

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    Default Re: describe it to or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use "to" and "for" interchangeably in this case, please?

    "Describe this picture for/to me".

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    The two prepositions seem to be interchangeable. The sense of the use of to me is that I will be the sole recipient of your description; for me could mean the same as to me, as well as conveying the idea of substitution - someone other than you might describe the picture to someone else, instead of you.

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    Default Re: describe it to or for?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    for me could mean the same as to me, as well as conveying the idea of substitution - someone other than you might describe the picture to someone else, instead of you.
    A good point. I hadn't thought of that.

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