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    'of' and 'for' again

    I came across the following two sentences. I wonder if the 'of' and 'for' in each of them could be interchanged without lost in meaning.

    These drugs are for the treatment of tropical diseases.
    They were taken to Cape Cod hospital for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.


    By most accounts, 'for' and 'of' serve quite different purposes. But in this case they appear to be having the same sense. Isn't this odd?

    Any reply'd be appreciated

  2. M56
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    Re: 'of' and 'for' again

    These drugs are for the treatment of tropical diseases.

    Ask yourself who the drugs are for in that sentence. Are they being used to treat the treatment (are they for the treatment?)? Or, are they being used to treat a person?

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