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  1. mfig
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    to and for

    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.

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    Re: to and for

    Quote Originally Posted by mfig View Post
    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.
    Mean something to someone is the proper collocation.


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    Re: to and for

    mfig is asking for the difference between 'mean to' and 'mean for' to be elucidated in very clear terms.

    Anyone?

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    Re: to and for

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Mean something to someone is the proper collocation.
    Hollywood means two things _for_____ many people." is not correct? help!

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    Re: to and for

    I'm not a teacher ... but I'll try this one...

    Quote Originally Posted by mfig View Post
    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.

    "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.

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    Re: to and for

    Yes, it do helps! thanks

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