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    Default ( fair/unfair to ) or ( fair/unfair for ) ?

    I'm trying to say that at this game show, one contestant stole the show so " it's unfair to the rest of the contestants "
    or " it's not fair to the rest of the contestants "
    but somehow, it sounds weird in my head? Is it correct?
    Does fair generally collocate with to or for ?
    Is there a better way to say it?

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    Default Re: ( fair/unfair to ) or ( fair/unfair for ) ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria311 View Post
    I'm trying to say that at this game show, one contestant stole the show so " it's unfair to the rest of the contestants "
    or " it's not fair to the rest of the contestants "
    but somehow, it sounds weird in my head? Is it correct?
    Does fair generally collocate with to or for ?
    Is there a better way to say it?
    I would use "to" in those sentences.

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    Default Re: ( fair/unfair to ) or ( fair/unfair for ) ?

    Hi Maria311.

    The difference between "unfair" and "not fair" is one of style, not of meaning.

    On the other hand, the use of one or other of these prepositions provides a different way to express the same meaning:

    The contestant was not fair/unfair to the rest of the contestants by stealing the show from them.

    It was not fair/unfair for the contestant to steal the show from the rest of the contestants.

    Obviously, not the same sentences.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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