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    headed for/to

    He headed ____ the pub for a beer.
    Which preposition is correct, for or to?

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    Re: headed for/to

    FOR.
    He headed to the pub for a beer (it indicates purpose applied to a noun, i.e. beer)
    I hope it helps

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    Re: headed for/to

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    Either is correct to fill the blank, with a very slight difference in meaning. I would avoid "for", however, as it sounds a little strange (to me) when repeated later ("for" a beer).

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
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    Either is correct to fill the blank, with a very slight difference in meaning. I would avoid "for", however, as it sounds strange (to me) when repeated later ("for" a beer).
    The sentence was
    He headed TO the pub ___ a beer.
    I would suggest FOR as to would sound a bit redundant.

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    Re: headed for/to

    What's the difference in meaning between head to a pub and head for a pub?

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    The sentence was
    He headed TO the pub ___ a beer.
    One of the two of us is insane.

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What's the difference in meaning between head to a pub and head for a pub?
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    "For" has a very slight connotation of purpose, or perhaps "weightier purpose". It might be slightly more noticeable here:

    He headed to the hospital. (why? to visit a friend?)
    He headed for the hospital. (why? was he injured?)

    But with no other context, it is not certain, by any means. Might want to have a teacher weigh in

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    One of the two of us is insane.
    Sorry guys I totally misread BobSmith's reply and sitifan's query. I hope I haven't confused you sitifan.

    So we all agree that the answer is

    "He headed to the pub for a beer"

    Thanks BobSmith.
    Last edited by shannico; 19-Jan-2012 at 14:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    Sorry guys I totally misread BobSmith's reply and sitifan's query. I hope I haven't confused you sitifan.

    So we all agree that the answer is

    "He headed to the pub for a beer"

    Thanks BobSmith.
    I made a typo in my orginal post, but I corrected it later. Sorry to have confused you.

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    Re: headed for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I made a typo in my orginal post, but I corrected it later. Sorry to have confused you.
    Interesting, because the original post doesn't show a "Last edited by" timestamp, like replies do.

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