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    for or to

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    For students they must study hard.

    I think there are two problems with the sentence:

    No.1
    For is not a proper word. Maybe 'To' better.
    No.2
    Suppose I am right, that is, we can use 'to' then generally speaking the subject should not be 'they'. Maybe I can rewrite the sentence this way:

    To students studying hard is necessary. Or: To students it is necessary to study hard.

    Is there possibility that I can use 'as':

    As students they must work hard.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: for or to

    What about?

    (As) for students, they must study hard.

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    #3

    Re: for or to

    Is it wrong to use 'for' for 'as for'?

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    Re: for or to

    As for is a less formal phrase than as to at the beginning of a sentence.

    as for
    Function: preposition
    : with regard to : CONCERNING <as for the others, they'll arrive later>

    as for
    Also, as to. With regard to, concerning. For example, As for dessert, I'd better skip it today and We are not sure as to how to pay the bill. A particularly well-known use of this idiom is in Patrick Henry's speech before the Virginia Convention in 1775: "As for me, give me liberty or give me death." Also see as to

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    Re: for or to

    Dear Cas,

    Did you mean ' To me learning English is very important' bears the same meaning with 'As for/to me English is very important"? But in the dictionaries 'to ' can be used alone as the sentence I quoted.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    What about?

    (As) for students, they must study hard.

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    Re: for or to

    The following sentence is awkward,

    ?For students, they must study hard.

    "As for" is synonymous with "With regard to",

    As for students / With regard to students / When it comes to

    Below we have topicalized prepositional phrases:

    For students, studying is important.
    Studying is important for students. <they should do it>

    To students, studying is important.
    Studying is important to students. <they have a personal obligation to do it>

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    Re: for or to


    I see what you mean. Many thanks!

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    The following sentence is awkward,

    ?For students, they must study hard.

    "As for" is synonymous with "With regard to",

    As for students / With regard to students / When it comes to

    Below we have topicalized prepositional phrases:

    For students, studying is important.
    Studying is important for students. <they should do it>

    To students, studying is important.
    Studying is important to students. <they have a personal obligation to do it>

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    Re: for or to

    You're welcome.

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