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    when to use to on or for after limit(s)(noun)

    1. Theres no age limit for applicants. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)
    2. The lower age limit for voting is 18. (= You cant vote unless you are 18 years old.) (Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary)
    3. We set a time limit for the test. (Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary)
    4. Parents need to set limits for their children.
    = Parents need to set limits on the behavior of their children. (Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary)

    5. Theres no limit to what we can accomplish.
    = We can accomplish anything if we work hard enough. (Merriam-Websters Advanced Learners English Dictionary)
    6. There is a limit to the amount of pain we can bear. (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English)
    7. There are strict limits on presidential power. (Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners of American English)
    8. We have to put a limit on the number of participants. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)
    9. The EU has set strict limits on levels of pollution. (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English)

    When I see all these sentences above, three questions arise in my mind:
    1. Can I use to or on to replace for in sentences1-4?
    2. Can I use for to replace to or on in sentences5-9?
    3. Are there any rules telling us when to use to on or for after limit(s)(noun)?

    Thanks very much in advance.

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    Re: when to use to on or for after limit(s)(noun)

    1. No.

    2. You can use 'for" in 9.

    3. Not strict or reliable rules.

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