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    grateful for/to

    On behalf of our family we're deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield. The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama 30 June 2013.

    I think we are grateful to somebody for something. Why is "for" used here?

    What does a native teacher think of it?

    Thanks!

    Jason


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    Re: grateful for/to

    You can be grateful for something that has benefited you, and be grateful to a person.

    I'm grateful to you for your kindness.
    I'm grateful for the existence of people like you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: grateful for/to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can be grateful for something that has benefited you, and be grateful to a person.

    I'm grateful to you for your kindness.
    I'm grateful for the existence of people like you.

    Therefore, I think " the world should be grateful TO the heroes of Robben Island since heroes are "persons".

    Thanks again!

    Jason





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    Re: grateful for/to

    As Barb said, 'the world should be grateful (or thankful) for the existence of the heroes...'

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