[Grammar] ‘finish for’ VS ‘finish to’

northpath

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The next sentence means that we had finished before they arrived. Which preposition is correct?
‘We finished for/to their arrival.”
 

GoesStation

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You used the right word in your first sentence: before. Neither for nor to​ is possible there.
 

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"Prior to" might be an alternative to "before", at least in a rather formal situation.
 

Tdol

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In time for their arrival would work for me.
 
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