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    Smile "Born to"or"born for"?

    Hello,eveyone.
    There is a sentence "We are the people who have been born to it."
    What about to use 'born for'?Does it have the different meaning?

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    Re: "Born to"or"born for"?

    "Born to" indicates a birthright of some sort. For example, someone who is "born to the purple" is a member of royalty by virtue of birth.

    "Born for" indicates a natural affinity for something...if you went horseback riding for the first time, and found that it came easily to you, you might say "I was born for this!"

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    Re: "Born to"or"born for"?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: "Born to"or"born for"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch
    "Born to" indicates a birthright of some sort. For example, someone who is "born to the purple" is a member of royalty by virtue of birth.

    "Born for" indicates a natural affinity for something...if you went horseback riding for the first time, and found that it came easily to you, you might say "I was born for this!"
    Which raises the question of how to express a natural affinity for your birthright.

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