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  1. 羡鱼-Xianyu's Avatar

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    What are the differences between these two sentences?

    orignal sentence: If the scientists hadn't been so careful, they might never have discovered a cure for the disease.
    changed sentence: A cure to the disease might never have been discovered had not the scientists so careful.

    Question: Why should the preposition 'for' in the orignal sentence be 'to', when it was changed to the second sentence? Thanks a lot, in advance.

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    Re: What are the differences between these two sentences?

    I would use 'for' in both sentences.

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