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    #1

    free to students/free for students

    The newspaper should be free to all the students.


    The newspaper should be free for all the students.



    Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?

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    Re: free to students/free for students

    I am not a teacher, but I think they are both correct.

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    #3

    Re: free to students/free for students

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    The newspaper should be free to all the students.


    The newspaper should be free for all the students.



    Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?
    They are both fine.

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    Re: free to students/free for students

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    The newspaper should be free to all the students.


    The newspaper should be free for all the students.



    Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) This non-teacher may be wrong (and probably is), but he feels

    that there may be a slight difference.

    (a) We are planning a newspaper that will be free to all the students.

    (i) I get the sense that you expect that all the students will want a copy

    and will receive a copy.

    (a) For example, copies will be distributed (free) in all the

    classrooms. In theory, all the students at your school will receive

    and (hopefully) read a copy.

    (2) We are planning a newspaper that will be free for all the students.

    (i) I get the idea that it will be available (free) if a student wants

    a copy.

    (a) For example, copies will be placed in newspaper boxes located

    at different places on the campus, and students who are interested

    will be able to get a copy -- if they so choose.

    (3) If I were forced to choose, I should choose "to."

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    Re: free to students/free for students

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) This non-teacher may be wrong (and probably is), but he feels

    that there may be a slight difference.

    (a) We are planning a newspaper that will be free to all the students.

    (i) I get the sense that you expect that all the students will want a copy

    and will receive a copy.

    (a) For example, copies will be distributed (free) in all the

    classrooms. In theory, all the students at your school will receive

    and (hopefully) read a copy.

    (2) We are planning a newspaper that will be free for all the students.

    (i) I get the idea that it will be available (free) if a student wants

    a copy.

    (a) For example, copies will be placed in newspaper boxes located

    at different places on the campus, and students who are interested

    will be able to get a copy -- if they so choose.

    (3) If I were forced to choose, I should choose "to."
    This may or may not be true, but I think it's a bit of over-thinking.

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