What’s the Difference between TO and FOR?

'To' and 'For' are prepositions that are often confused...


1. Use TO in these cases:

Motive/Reason (with verb)        

  • I went to the store to buy milk.

What time it is    

  • It was a quarter to six when I left.

Destination          

  • I shall go to London next month.

Distance               

  • It’s about ten kilometers from my house to my school.

Comparing          

  • I prefer this dress to the one you were wearing yesterday.

Giving   

  • He gave the pen to his friend.

2. Use FOR in these cases:

Motive/Reason (with noun)       

  • I went to the store for milk.

Period of time   

  • The couple took the house for 2 years.

Benefits              

  • A win is always good for morale.

Function – with verb (-ing form)               

  • She had a special talent for learning languages.

Agree with          

  • Are you for or against his idea?

Doing something to help someone          

  • Could you carry my case for me?

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