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    prepositions

    Hello,
    I recently looked at several prepositions (those are not fun to study) and realized that I couldn't quite get the difference between "love of" and "love for". What I mean is that I somehow understand the difference between the two of them in terms of their meaning, I couldn't explain that difference to someone else.
    So my guess is that when it comes to "love of" -
    She is the love of my life.
    - the Genitive here makes the word "love" the essence of the "life" in this context.

    Whereas "love for" is somehow less poetic or absolute (makes sense?)
    She did that out of love for her children.

    Am I right?
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    Re: prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by questionmark View Post
    Hello,
    I recently looked at several prepositions (those are not fun to study) and realized that I couldn't quite get the difference between "love of" and "love for". What I mean is that I somehow understand the difference between the two of them in terms of their meaning, I couldn't explain that difference to someone else.
    So my guess is that when it comes to "love of" -
    She is the love of my life.
    - the Genitive here makes the word "love" the essence of the "life" in this context.
    "You are the love of my life" does not convey to me the idea that 'the love' is the essence of your life. The expression means the referent of 'you' is your best lover. '(O)f' creates an association between the period within which you have lived and the individual towards whom you have experienced the strongest feeling of love ad interim.

    Quote Originally Posted by questionmark View Post
    Whereas "love for" is somehow less poetic or absolute (makes sense?)
    She did that out of love for her children.

    Am I right?
    Thank you!
    '(O)f 'would be fine here too. '(F)or designates, by immediately preceding it, the beneficiary of her love: "her children".

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    Re: prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    "You are the love of my life" does not convey to me the idea that 'the love' is the essence of your life. The expression means the referent of 'you' is your best lover. '(O)f' creates an association between the period within which you have lived and the individual towards whom you have experienced the strongest feeling of love ad interim.
    I feel that Corum has caught the difference.

    One minor amendment: I think that best lover could be interpreted as most skilled (though I am sure this is not what Corum meant to imply, as we see from his second sentence.). I'd prefer something like only significant.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Dec-2010 at 11:47. Reason: typo

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