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    for vs. to

    Would you please help me?


    which one is correct? I think both are correct, but their meaning is difference.


    Computers are made to calculate big numbers.


    Computers are made for calculating big numbers.



    Or, in which situation do you use number1 and number 2?



    We stopped at the pub for buying a drink.

    We stopped at the pub to buy a drink.

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    #2

    Re: for vs. to

    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post

    Computers are made to calculate big numbers.

    Computers are made for
    calculating big numbers.


    We stopped at the pub for buying a drink.

    We stopped at the pub to buy a drink.


    Knives are good for cutting.

    Knives are good to cut.
    It's a matter of usage. There's no rule about it.

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    #3

    Re: for vs. to

    Thank you so much
    Nevertheless, Would you please tell me What is your opinion about this? would you possibly elaborate your explanations more? many thanks

    For' is correct here.
    "Computers are made for [the purpose of] calculating big numbers."

    "Computers are made to calculate big numbers" means that someone is forcing them to calculate big numbers.
    As in: "I was made to clean my room before I was allowed to go outside."
    .................................................. .................................................. .......
    Is there any difference between A and B?

    In addition, can B can two meanings? If so, I can not write the second explanation as to it.

    A.Schools are made for teaching.(the purpose of the schools is teaching.)

    B.Schools are made to teach sth to the people:

    1. some individuals urged schools to teach sth to the people.

    2.?
    ...
    In addition, would you possibly tell me if there is any difference between these?

    An altimeter is used for measuring height above sea level.

    An altimeter is used to measure height above sea level.


    I have just edited this.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Jun-2014 at 23:33. Reason: Removed unnecessary line breaks

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    #4

    Re: for vs. to

    I did it to make him happy.

    The second is incorrect.

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    Re: for vs. to

    nima_persian;1074540]Thank you so much
    Nevertheless, Would you please tell me What is your opinion about this? would you possibly elaborate your explanations more? many thanks

    For' is correct here.
    "Computers are made for [the purpose of] calculating big numbers."

    "Computers are made to calculate big numbers" means that someone is forcing them to calculate big numbers.
    As in: "I was made to clean my room before I was allowed to go outside."
    .................................................. .................................................. .......
    Is there any difference between A and B?

    In addition, can B can two meanings? If so, I can not write the second explanation as to it.

    A.Schools are made for teaching.(the purpose of the schools is teaching.)

    B.Schools are made to teach sth to the people:

    1. some individuals urged schools to teach sth to the people.

    2.?
    ...
    In addition, would you possibly tell me if there is any difference between these?

    An altimeter is used for measuring height above sea level.

    An altimeter is used to measure height above sea level.


    I have just edited this.

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    #6

    Re: for vs. to

    Please do not edit the content of your posts after a question has been answered. It confuses everyone.

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