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    usage of preposition for

    Hello,

    I have always been being bothered by the usage of preposition for. Let's say I am preparing a company profile for my company named ABC. And the updated profile was tailor made addressing to customer XYZ. How will people understand when I say "This is the updated profile for XYZ." ? Will they think "this is the updated profile to be presented to XYZ" or "this is the updated profile of company XYZ"


    Similarly, what will people perceive when I say "this is a gift for you." Will people think "this is a gift given to you" or "this is gift prepared on behalf of you"?

    Thank you in advance for your time and answer.

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    Re: usage of preposition for

    Welcome to the forum, Jennifer.

    Context wil usually help you come up with the right answers to such questions.

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    Re: usage of preposition for

    You have made a good observation about how it's used, but as Piscean said, context will tell you.

    To my daughter: You know it's Dad's birthday next week. I got a gift for you. -- Implied, for you to give to your father, because you are too young to go shop by yourself. It doesn't make sense to give her a gift for someone else's birthday.

    If someone said "This gift is for you" the default assumption is that the gift is intended for me.

    Likewise, if you said "The presentation for XYZ", unless you were a design firm and XYZ is your client, the understanding is that you would give this presentation to them.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: usage of preposition for

    Thank you, Piscean.

    I am so glad that I found a great forum where I get my language questions answered.

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    Re: usage of preposition for

    Thank you, Barb, for your explanation.


    And further to my last post, I wonder if the following two sentences mean the same


    1. This is the updated profile for ABC.
    2. This is the updated profile about ABC.

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    Re: usage of preposition for

    If you're using 'for' to mean 'about', they mean the same. If not, they don't.
    Have you forgotten about context already?

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