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    a letter to or for you

    Which preposition is best used in this sentence?

    "I want to write a letter to her."

    or

    "I want to write a letter for her."


    Thank you!

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Quote Originally Posted by enthusiastic learner View Post
    Which preposition is best used in this sentence?

    "I want to write a letter to her."

    or

    "I want to write a letter for her."


    Thank you!
    They are both possible but they mean different things.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Hello.
    bhaisahab, can you describe the different meaning? They sound equally for me.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both possible but they mean different things.
    Could you please elaborate the difference between the two? Thank you! :)

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    not a teacher

    (1) "I want to write a letter to her."
    (2) "I want to write a letter for her."


    (1) I want to write a letter that I can send to her.
    (2) She has to write a letter but can't (maybe she is ill or doesn't know what to write), so I want to write a letter for her.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    That is, the second means that I write the lettar instead of her?
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    That is, the second means that I write the letter instead of her?
    Yes, the second means that you write a letter on someone's behalf. She needs to write a letter. She can't write it. You write it instead.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    (1) "I want to write a letter to her."
    (2) "I want to write a letter for her."


    (1) I want to write a letter that I can send to her.
    (2) She has to write a letter but can't (maybe she is ill or doesn't know what to write), so I want to write a letter for her.
    So, in the second example, "for her" is quite similar to "on her behalf".


    (Edit) I didn't notice your post, ems. Sorry.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.

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    Re: a letter to or for you

    You don't need to make a new post to say "Thank you". Just click the "Like" button on a post you found helpful.

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