The first means it has been totally destroyed. The second means nothing.
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The building has been burned to the ground.
The building has been burned for the ground.
What's the difference between both sentences?
"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?
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 13:47. Reason: Deleting incorrect alternative.
Polyester, you seem to think that every sentence can be altered by changing "to" into "for" and vice versa.
That is not the case.