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    Symbol of/for


    Could you please tell me about the use of these two prepositions?:

    It is a symbol of

    It is a symbol for

    Are they used indistinctly?

    (Sorry, I can't provide examples)

    Thanks a lot for your help

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    Re: Symbol of/for

    I haven't researched this, so I apologize if this isn't a comprehensive answer! But here are my thoughts:

    - symbol for is more often used when a specific sign or symbol is used to represent or take the place of another specific thing. The $ is the symbol for US dollars.

    - symbol of, on the other hand, tends to be used with abstract concepts. The dove is a symbol of peace in some cultures.

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