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    Red face using for and to

    Hello, I teach English to a couple of Japanese students and they took the test "for & to." I tried to explain to them when to use one versus the other but I really couldn't figure it out other than "it just sounds better"

    Please help

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    Re: using for and to

    What kind of sentences and what type of verbs? If you can tells us a bit more about what your students were tested on, it will help us narrow down the scope of our answers for you.

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    Re: using for and to

    They used the quiz that is on this website...under prepositions.

    some of the questions were like

    She was promoted ____ manager
    She was promoted ____ her experience.

    I'm lost...I tried to explain it to them but the more I talked, the more confused I was myself.

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    Re: using for and to

    Two examples, that's good. Let's start off slowly because the topic can be a big one.

    The preposition to is short for towards. It expresses a direction; e.g., ran to the house; gave it to them; promoted to manager:

    Ex: She was promoted to (the higher position of) manager.

    The preposition for, in our example below, expresses a reason: it tells us why something happened. Which is why it can be replaced by the phrase because of:

    Ex: She was promoted for/because of her experience.


    Does that help so far?

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    Re: using for and to

    OMG this helps more than you can imagine. I have my students in the morning and I am going to be so happy to be able to explain this to them. Thank you so much.....:D

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    Re: using for and to

    You're most welcome.

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