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    recommend to or for someone?

    Is it correct to say "I recommend this book for you"?

    Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary says: recommend to someone for/as something, but you can often see the above version in texts.

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    Re: recommend to or for someone?

    I guess 'to' is much more commonly used:

    "recommend it for you" - Google Könyvek
    "recommend it to you" - Google Könyvek


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    Re: recommend to or for someone?

    Different meanings.

    "For" means the person who will ultimately use it.
    "To" is the person who receives the recommendation.

    Lately I have been recommending a particular book TO my friends FOR their children. (It's The Mysterious Benedict Society, in case you have any children between 8 and 12. I highly recommend this book for children of that age.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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