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    Talking 'for you' vs 'to you'

    Hi Teachers

    I've been a bit confused about when to you 'for you' and when to use 'to you'

    What I think is 'for you' claims ownership while 'to you' does not..

    For example, can anyone explain why use 'for you' in this sentence

    They are not looking for you to fail instead of 'to you'

    Thanks for your help ! I really appreciate it

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    Re: 'for you' vs 'to you'

    In your example, if you're looking for someone, you're trying to find them, but if you look to them to do something, you expect them to do it, often as a duty.


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