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    for / to the volunteers

    Hello teachers
    I came to this sentence where I am confused which preposition should I use?

    1- We've got a lot of food for/to the volunteers. for is correct, I think, but I am still confused. English language is the language of confusion


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    Re: for / to the volunteers

    The preposition "for" is right.

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    Re: for / to the volunteers

    [quote=herbiji;460915]Hello teachers
    I came to this sentence where I am confused which preposition should I use?

    1- We've got a lot of food for/to the volunteers. for is correct, I think, but I am still confused. English language is the language of confusion

    "for" is probably the best correct answer. (the more obvious/common one)

    But "to" can also be correct, but with a different meaning. This is because 'got', as well as 'gotten', is also the past participles of 'get'. (I think more so in British English.)


    1...We've got a lot of food for the volunteers. This means that we have a lot of food for the volunteers, but the food may or may not presently be where the volunteers are.

    2...We've (got)(gotten) a lot of food to the volunteers. This means that we delivered a lot of food to where the volunteers are, or that we arranged to have the food delivered to where the volunteers are. The food is where the volunteers are.


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