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    Provide something to somebody

    According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, the following sentences are possible.
    The project is designed to provide young people with work. (provide somebody with something)
    The hotel provides a shoe-cleaning service for guests. (provide something for somebody)
    Aren't the following sentences unacceptable?
    The project is designed to provide work to young people.
    The hotel provides a shoe-cleaning service to guests.

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    Re: Provide something to somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Aren't the following sentences unacceptable?
    The project is designed to provide work to young people. Yes, but "for young people" is probably more common.
    The hotel provides a shoe-cleaning service to guests. Yes, or "for guests"
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    Re: Provide something to somebody

    A quick Google search produces a number of published examples of the "to" construction, so it would be difficult to claim that it is unacceptable. Nonetheless I agree with the Longman Dictionary in finding the other constructions much better and more natural.

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