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  1. ikea_shuang
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    to and for

    hello, i'm new on this site. Could anybody give any clue about the use of for and to. for example : the waiter bring the customer the order.(what should i use in this sentence "for" or "to")
    the waiter bring the order for the customer
    the waiter bring the order to the custome. (which one is correct?)
    If there is any pattern to distinguish the use of for and to, please kindly tell me.
    Thanks alot


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    Re: to and for

    Quote Originally Posted by ikea_shuang View Post
    hello, i'm new on this site. Could anybody give any clue about the use of for and to. for example : the waiter bring the customer the order.(what should i use in this sentence "for" or "to")
    the waiter bring the order for the customer
    the waiter bring the order to the custome. (which one is correct?)
    If there is any pattern to distinguish the use of for and to, please kindly tell me.
    Thanks alot
    Hello Ikea_Shuang,

    You have a very good question!

    1. The waiter brought the order to the customer
    2. The waiter brought the order for the customer.

    Both your examples are possible, but they mean slightly different things:

    You could try looking at it like this:

    "to the customer" = trajectory along a path
    "for" the customer = purpose of the motion

    In other words "to" is about moving from one place to another, while "for" is more psychological, or why the waiter is moving along the path.

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson
    Competence home

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    Re: to and for

    'The waiter brought the customer's order.' is a much more usual way to say it.

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