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    aggiesteph is offline Junior Member
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    use + to/for

    Here is an exercise from a textbook.

    Write answers to the questions.
    What does Sophie use her mobile phone for? (music)

    The answer given in the key is: Sophie uses her mobile phone to listen to music.

    Shouldn't it be: Sophie uses her mobile phone for listening to music?

    For some reason the infinitive here sounds wrong to me.
    Is there a different in meaning between "use something to do", and "use something for doing".

    To me the former implies some goal we want to achieve e.g. as in an instruction: Use scissors to cut off the edges, while the latter something that is done as a routine or generally. Or am I mistaken in my connotation?

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    Re: use + to/for

    There is nothing wrong with the original. We use something to do something else.

    All of these indicate regular/habitual actions:

    I use a hairbrush to get the knots out of my hair.
    He uses a cloth to clean his laptop screen.
    She uses chamomile flowers to make delicious tea.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: use + to/for

    Is it the same for American English?

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    Re: use + to/for

    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesteph View Post
    Is it the same for American English?
    Yes. The infinitive is the natural choice.
    I am not a teacher.

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