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    to us & for us

    Hi,

    What is the difference between "to + an object pronoun" and "for + an object pronoun"?

    An example: "It was knowable to us." It gets a different sense by changing "to" with "for".

    edit: if this was already answered on UsingEnglish, please post a link towards it.

    Thanks,
    Joe
    Last edited by joeoct; 19-Jun-2011 at 00:18.

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    Re: to us & for us

    A lot would depend on the context, too much to clarify or formulate anything approaching a rule- the choice of preposition could be governed by the verb used, for instance:
    I sent a message to him (to + indirect object)
    I sent for him (= I gave instructions for him to be brought to me)

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    Re: to us & for us

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A lot would depend on the context, too much to clarify or formulate anything approaching a rule- the choice of preposition could be governed by the verb used, for instance:
    I sent a message to him (to + indirect object)
    I sent for him (= I gave instructions for him to be brought to me)
    Thanks Tdol.

    an offtopic question: Could someone post the links of several radio stations streaming their programme online?

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    Re: to us & for us

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Thanks Tdol.

    an offtopic question: Could someone post the links of several radio stations streaming their programme online?
    Almost any radio station with a website will be available to listen live via streaming. Just Google "online radio stations" and you'll get more than enough to choose from! Some, of course, might only be available in specific countries so you won't be able to listen to all of them.

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    Re: to us & for us

    There are some radio links here: Listening - ESL Web Directory - UsingEnglish.com

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