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    #1

    Preposition for vs to

    Will it be a mistake if I say
    The company supplies paper for the printers.
    We supply spare parts for the cars.

    Instead of
    The company supplies paper to the printers
    We supply spare parts to the car
    s.
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    #2

    Re: Preposition for vs to

    Only #4 is wrong (if you had numbered them).

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    #3

    Re: Preposition for vs to

    I'd leave out "the" in all four sentences, unless there are some predefined cars and printers you are talking about. But I think you mean cars and printers in general.
    "We supply spare parts for cars."

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    #4

    Re: Preposition for vs to

    #3 works only if printers means "printing company", which is possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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