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    He took her out to dinner several times.

    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ He took her out to dinner several times.

    Can I say "for" in place of out to?

    Thank you.


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    Re: He took her out to dinner several times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ He took her out to dinner several times.

    Can I say "for" in place of out to?

    Thank you.
    You could say "out for dinner", I suppose, but I would just say "out to dinner".

    Surprisingly, Google shows "he took her out for dinner" is used just as much as, if not more, than "he took her out to dinner".

    I think "out to dinner", as in "he took her out to dinner" sounds better. I would say it sounds smarter, though I can't say exactly why. It just does.

    for dinner - the purpose of eating dinner - mmm...

    The phrase "out for dinner" works better as part of another idea or a different sentence.


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    Re: He took her out to dinner several times.

    Here are some examples of "take someone out to ..." that I just found in the Longman Dictionary:

    no - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    He insists on taking us all out to dinner and he won't take no for an answer.

    gratitude - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    Will you let me take you out to dinner tomorrow in gratitude for what you've done?

    lunch - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    I'll take you out to lunch next time I'm in town.


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    Re: He took her out to dinner several times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Here are some examples of "take someone out to ..." that I just found in the Longman Dictionary:

    no - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    He insists on taking us all out to dinner and he won't take no for an answer.

    gratitude - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    Will you let me take you out to dinner tomorrow in gratitude for what you've done?

    lunch - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    I'll take you out to lunch next time I'm in town.
    And there weren't any examples of the same type of sentence that use "for"?

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