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Preposition To and For


We use to when we want to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward, or the direction of something.
  • I went to the shop to buy bread.
  • I want you to make changes to this document by Friday.
  • Take me to your leader.
  • Can you give this to Trish on your way home please?
  • I don't want to hear any more of your excuses.
To indicate a limit or ending point.
  • Can you fill my tank up to the top please?
  • The price of the car has gone up to four thousand dollars.
  • Andy has moved up to the top of the class.
Used to indicate relationship.
  • Your exam results are very important to you being able to go to university.
  • The court has sent the order to the wrong address.
  • Do not respond to every thought that goes through your head.
Used to indicate a length of time or a period.
  • We are open from seven to eleven, Monday to Saturday.
  • Shall I pick you up at 10 to 5 again tomorrow?
  • I can see you from 1pm to 3pm on Friday.


We can use for to point out recipient.
  • This gift is for your wife.
  • This table is reserved for paying guests only.
  • This beer is for John on the other table.
Using for to show emotion.
  • I have loved you for a long time
  • Do not cry for him he is not worth it.
  • I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Used to indicate the use of something.
  • The large spoon is for the soup and the small one is for the coffee.
  • The spare battery is for the torch.
  • I have reserved a table for our dinner date.
  • Would you like to come to my house for dinner?
  • I left a note on the door for the postman.
  • This part is not for this model it belongs to the previous one.
  • The park is for running and not the living room.
  • Bill had been making his model of the church for the last seven years.
  • Would you like to come out for my birthday celebrations?
  • Thank you for all the free candy.


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