How simply can I explain the different use's of the above.For example, this present is for you and I give it to you. But I could also say this present is for you while physically giving it to you.
I am going to the bathroom, not for the bathroom.
Any explanations appreciated.
To and for are prepositions having wide applications. Here are some of the common uses:
For is used to show purpose or having the purpose of:
Foris used to show something intended for or intended to be given to:
- This bath room is for the use of inmates of the hostel.
- I need some money for seven days
To is used show direction or in the direction of,(indicating destination).
- There's a phone message for you.
- I'd better buy something for the new baby.
To is used after an adjective to indicate its application
- We are going to the market.
- The post office is next to that building.
To is used to indicate the indirect object in a sentence .
- I was nice to her but she was cruel to me.
- I am used to walking
To is used before a verb to form infinitive
- I gave the book to him.
- The teacher taught mathematics to the students
- I want to leave.
- He asked me what to do.
Last edited by sarat_106; 04-Sep-2009 at 08:37.