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    To vs for

    Dear teachers

    Which one of these preposition do you think is best?

    No fee to/for me when I use my debit card.

    I would choose 'for', but it seems 'to' is more common.

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: To vs for

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Which one of these preposition do you think is best?

    No fee to/for me when I use my debit card.

    I would choose 'for', but it seems 'to' is more common.

    Thank you
    I would choose "for" also.

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    #3

    Re: To vs for

    What makes you say "to" is more common, Offroad?

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    #4

    Re: To vs for

    I just assumed as I was talking to a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: To vs for

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I just assumed as I was talking to a native speaker.
    You assumed you were talking to a native speaker when? I have the same question as bhaisahab. In your first post, you said "It seems that "to" is more common" - where did you get that idea?

    For my part, I would use "for" if for some reason I had to use " ... me" but I would actually say "No fee when I use my debit card".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: To vs for

    Although I found it odd, I assumed it was OK since I was talking to a person who has been speaking English for decades. I asked the question here because I have seen cases in which 'to' and 'for' are interchangeable, never gave much thought as to why.

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    Re: To vs for

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Although I found it odd, I assumed it was OK since I was talking to a person who has been speaking English for decades. I asked the question here because I have seen cases in which 'to' and 'for' are interchangeable, never gave much thought as to why.
    Ah, so on the basis of one conversation with one English speaker, you decided that "to" was "more common"!

    I don't think "to" is wrong, I just wouldn't use it in that sentence. You will see signs on ATMs or website payment pages etc which say:

    No fee to the user.
    No fee to the user when a debit card is used.

    Sometimes they are trying to make the point that although the user won't pay a fee, the company receiving the money will pay a fee.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To vs for

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Ah, so on the basis of one conversation with one English speaker, you decided that "to" was "more common"!
    I tend to think that between educated native speakers of English and I, they have a better 'chance' to construct proper sentences, so as I wasn't sure, I assumed 'to' was OK and 'for' could be used.

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    Re: To vs for

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I tend to think that between educated native speakers of English and I, they have a better 'chance' to construct proper sentences, so as I wasn't sure, I assumed 'to' was OK and 'for' could be used.
    I don't dispute that and I understand your reasoning, but there is a difference between hearing something from a native speaker and assuming that it is "OK" as you said in your post quoted above, and assuming that it is "more common" as you said in your first post. That's the only point I'm trying to make.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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