# Thread: free to students/free for students

1. ## free to students/free for students

The newspaper should be free to all the students.

The newspaper should be free for all the students.

Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?

2. ## Re: free to students/free for students

I am not a teacher, but I think they are both correct.

3. ## Re: free to students/free for students

Originally Posted by LiuJing
The newspaper should be free to all the students.

The newspaper should be free for all the students.

Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?
They are both fine.

4. ## Re: free to students/free for students

Originally Posted by LiuJing
The newspaper should be free to all the students.

The newspaper should be free for all the students.

Are both 'to' and 'for' correct?

***** NOT A TEACHER *****

(1) This non-teacher may be wrong (and probably is), but he feels

that there may be a slight difference.

(a) We are planning a newspaper that will be free to all the students.

(i) I get the sense that you expect that all the students will want a copy

(a) For example, copies will be distributed (free) in all the

(2) We are planning a newspaper that will be free for all the students.

(i) I get the idea that it will be available (free) if a student wants

a copy.

(a) For example, copies will be placed in newspaper boxes located

at different places on the campus, and students who are interested

will be able to get a copy -- if they so choose.

(3) If I were forced to choose, I should choose "to."

5. ## Re: free to students/free for students

Originally Posted by TheParser
***** NOT A TEACHER *****

(1) This non-teacher may be wrong (and probably is), but he feels

that there may be a slight difference.

(a) We are planning a newspaper that will be free to all the students.

(i) I get the sense that you expect that all the students will want a copy

(a) For example, copies will be distributed (free) in all the

(2) We are planning a newspaper that will be free for all the students.

(i) I get the idea that it will be available (free) if a student wants

a copy.

(a) For example, copies will be placed in newspaper boxes located

at different places on the campus, and students who are interested

will be able to get a copy -- if they so choose.

(3) If I were forced to choose, I should choose "to."
This may or may not be true, but I think it's a bit of over-thinking.

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