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    Post To your health or For your health?

    I recently had an opportunity to propose a toast in English at a reception. I said:
    "Let me propose a toast now. Please hold your glass now.
    For your health, the health of your family and success in business. Cheers!"

    In retrospect, I wonder if I should have said "To your health, ..." instead of "For your health, ..." because the dictionary says "propose a toast to someone/something."

    Are both correct? if so, is there any difference in meaning. Your comments will be appreciated.

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    Re: To your health or For your health?

    Toast to someone/something is more common and proper.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: To your health or For your health?

    Quote Originally Posted by inase View Post
    "Let me propose a toast now. Please raise your glasses now.
    To your health, the health of your families and success in business. Cheers!"
    'Now' is unnecessary. Anyone saying that means 'now', not later.

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    Re: To your health or For your health?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Now' is unnecessary. Anyone saying that means 'now', not later.
    Let me ask about using "your glasses" and "your families" (suggestion) in stead of "your glass" and "your family" and "raise" (suggestion) instead of "hold."

    The suggested logic here may be that with "your" meaning the plural should take "glasses" and "families" (in the plural form). However, there seems to be another logic (original) that because each person raises one glass and has one family, the nouns qualified should be in the single.

    "Raise" here seems to indicate that the audience holds up their glasses in response to the call assuming that they are already holding their glasses, while "hold" requests that they hold the glasses in preparation for the toast.

    I hope that anyone can comment on these points.

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    Re: To your health or For your health?

    Because your are addressing a group, I would use "glasses" and "families". I would also say "raise" your glasses", rather than "hold your glasses".
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 14-Sep-2015 at 07:47. Reason: typo

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    Re: To your health or For your health?

    Quote Originally Posted by inase View Post
    there seems to be another logic (original) that because each person raises one glass and has one family, the nouns qualified should be in the single.
    That is true in some languages, but not, generally, in English.

    My guests put on their hats and coats and went out to their cars.

    The normal assumption is that each guest had one hat, one coat and one car.

    (Cross-posted with Mike)

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