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    I've been staring at this one for just a bit too long. Anyone have a preference for the blank below?

    from/to/for:

    "I canít find the belt _____________ my bathrobe".

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    'For' would be my first choice.

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    Default Re: Preposition alert!

    But then again...

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    I would say: to. The belt goes to the bathrobe. If I were calling out to my kids, I'd say, "Hey! Has anyone seen the belt to my bathrobe?"

    Any other takers?

    Definitely NOT "from".

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    Default Re: Preposition alert!

    I use both "to" and "for".

    [1] "to", short for "belongs to".

    [2] "for" (my idiolect, possibly British English influence from my grandparents), synonymous with "goes with"; e.g., Have you seen the cap for this bottle?

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    Default Re: Preposition alert!

    This is a good one and made me evaluate my own word usage!

    Perhaps local dialect plays a large part too.

    Although almost interchangable, I personally would go something like this based on listening to myself... shouting to my beloved wife

    If I was wearing the robe - "I can't find the belt FOR my bathrobe"
    If the two items are unworn & separated - "I can't find the belt FROM my bathrobe", no, actually on second thoughts I wouldn't use FROM - ever.
    I honestly thing I wouldn't use "to", unless it was re-stated as "I can't find the belt TO THIS bathrobe".
    Last edited by hobbes; 31-Oct-2005 at 17:42.

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    Thumbs up Re: Preposition alert!

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I use both "to" and "for".

    [1] "to", short for "belongs to".

    [2] "for" (my idiolect, possibly British English influence from my grandparents), synonymous with "goes with"; e.g., Have you seen the cap for this bottle?
    Reading your examples, Casiopea, I would say the same thing. So, I guess I use both "to" and "for".

    It appears, in this case, the two are interchangeable.


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    This has been tremendous! Thanks everyone.

    I was really in doubt about this one which is why I offered 3 choices there. Glad they were all usable.

    Bill

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