I need to explain when and why to use "for" and "to" in a sentence. For example,
"Hollywood means two things ______ many people."
What is the best way to explain the correct answer to adult ESL students.
mfig is asking for the difference between 'mean to' and 'mean for' to be elucidated in very clear terms.
I'm not a teacher ... but I'll try this one...
"Means to" - as in "Hollywood means different things to different people."
This indicates that Hollywood brings to mind different things to different people. Some people may think of movies. While others may think of Rodeo Drive and shopping.
"Mean for" - as in "What does a victory mean for the team?"
This would indicate that the victory would have a specific resulting outcome for the team. Perhaps, a victory would mean that the team would progress to the next bracket.
"means to" - brings thought/memory to mind.
"means for" - resultant outcome.
I hope this helps.
Yes, it do helps! thanks