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    become food to/for

    Ok, I went to SpellChecker and I pasted this sentence:

    "The preys soon become food to the plant and that is why we say that the pitcher plant eats insects."
    And there was a mistake on the preposition "to", and the correct preposition is "for"
    I'm wondering why we can't use "to" before the plant.

    I changed the sentence to this:

    The preys soon become food to her.
    It was NO mistake on "to"

    Can you help me?
    Last edited by Checkmate; 12-Sep-2014 at 12:45.

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    Re: become food to/for

    Yes. Do not trust software on things like this. For instance, the plural of "prey" (the noun) is "prey."

    I would use "for" in the first sentence and "to" in the second, but don't think the other way around is necessarily incorrect.

    "Food for her" sounds better to me because she can regard the prey as food. The plant can not regard anything as food.

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    Re: become food to/for

    It said there's a grammatical error in this sentence, but I couldn't find any and that is why I used the spellchecker to help me.

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    #4

    Re: become food to/for

    Who said there was a grammatical error? Some other piece of software?

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    Re: become food to/for

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Who said there was a grammatical error? Some other piece of software?
    The sentence is from my test paper, There is one grammatical error in each line and this is the last line.
    Last edited by Checkmate; 12-Sep-2014 at 14:02.

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    Re: become food to/for

    Just a small pedantic point. A spellchecker doesn't check grammar. For that you need a grammarchecker. In Word, and some other word processors, you can choose to run a grammar check at the same time as a spell check, but it's not the spellchecker that's looking at your grammar.

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    Re: become food to/for

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Just a small pedantic point. A spellchecker doesn't check grammar. For that you need a grammarchecker. In Word, and some other word processors, you can choose to run a grammar check at the same time as a spell check, but it's not the spellchecker that's looking at your grammar.
    Well the 'SpellChecker' checks either spelling error or grammar mistake

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    Re: become food to/for

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    The sentence is from my test paper, There is one grammatical error in each line and this is the last line.
    Doesn't your teacher check your test?

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    Re: become food to/for

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Doesn't your teacher check your test?
    She did

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    And what did she say? She doesn't tell you what the errors are? How are you supposed to learn?

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