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    'to' or 'for'

    Hi,

    Should I say 'This book is very helpful to me.' or 'This book is very helpful for me.'? What if I replace 'helpful' with 'important'?

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    "Helpful to me", according to my Oxford dictionary.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    'To' is far more common, but 'for' is possible,

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    So how about 'important'? Should I use 'to' or 'for' behind it?

    Thanks for answering my question.

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    #5

    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Quote Originally Posted by xupeng66 View Post
    So how about 'important'? Should I use 'to' or 'for' behind it?

    Thanks for answering my question.
    With the use of "important", either preposition can be used. However, for me, there is change of meaning.

    "This book is important to me" suggests that you have some emotional attachment to the book. Perhaps it is a family heirloom or has other special significance.

    "This book is important for me" suggests that you derive some personal benefit from the book.
    Last edited by 5jj; 05-Jan-2014 at 18:30. Reason: minor typo

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    Re: 'to' or 'for'

    Google books says that "helpful to" is the more common one, but "helpful for" has seen some usage since about the 1940s:

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...r%20me%3B%2Cc0

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