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    I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    The building has been burned to the ground.
    The building has been burned for the ground.

    What's the difference between both sentences?

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    Re: I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    The first means it has been totally destroyed. The second means nothing.

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    Re: I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The first means it has been totally destroyed. The second means nothing.
    Nothing? Then!?
    In the first question,I get it.
    But,the second question, can you explain more to me?
    It seems you haven't answer the second question.

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    Re: I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    "Burned for the ground" is meaningless. Have you seen it somewhere?
    Why choose that particular pronoun - 'for'? Why not ask about "burned from/into/below/around ... the ground" and other meaningless phrases?

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    Re: I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    People may say 'razed to the ground', or 'leveled to the ground' but not '... for the ground'.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Nov-2014 at 14:47. Reason: Deleting incorrect alternative.

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    Re: I'm still confused with "for" and "to"!!!

    Polyester, you seem to think that every sentence can be altered by changing "to" into "for" and vice versa.

    That is not the case.

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