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  1. Newbie
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    What's the difference between 'unto' and 'for'

    What is the difference between 'unto' and 'for'? How do I use them?

    Thanks.

  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: What's the difference between 'unto' and 'for'

    "Unto" is a very old-fashioned word; modern English usually uses the word "to" or "until" instead. You will only now see "unto" in poetic or religious contexts. You shouldn't try to use it yourself.

    "For" has many different meanings, depending on context. Can you give us some more details? What sentence did you see "for" in?

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    Re: What's the difference between 'unto' and 'for'

    I read it alot from the KJV Bible actually.

    "I've done it unto Him" is to my understanding "I've done it for Him" but 'unto' did sounds more exclusive and purposeful in the context isn't it? While 'for' is rather general and unenthusiastic.

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    Re: What's the difference between 'unto' and 'for'

    No, I'd disagree. Using "unto" in this context sounds at best old-fashioned, and at worst pompous.

    The KJV is a very old translation, and not a good method to learn English. Even when it was written, it was a bit old-fashioned; now, even a lot of native speakers have difficulty understanding the language in some places.

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