Sometimes, English grammar can be complicated, however in this case, we have some pairs of similar English words, for example “to” and “for”, they are difficult for English learners. So, this blog has the solution, we’re going to explain what are the differences, are you ready? Let ‘s start.

First, “to” and “for” are commonly used as prepositions. Changing a preposition, such as using “to” in the place of “for”, can completely alter the meaning of a sentence.

Read the following sentences. You must be careful when you use those words because you can get the wrong word and at the same time you can get the incorrect grammar.

We use them to talk about reasons and purposes, for example, read the following sententeces.

Why did you travel to the United States?
I traveled to the United States to improve me English.

Why did he buy a gift?
He bought a gift for his sister’s birthday.

Why is he going home?
He’s going home to feed his dogs.

Why did you go to the library yesterday?
I went to the library for a lecture on dinosaurs.

Let’s check the number 3. If someone says “He’s going home for feed his dogs” it is incorrect. Why? Because it is necessary to use “to”. In this case  we use “to” when the reason or purpose is a verb and we use “for” when the reason or purpose is a noun.

Once you’ve learned this, using “to” and “for” becomes much easier. Now that you’ve mastered the hardest part, let’s look at some other uses of “to” and “for.

Let’s start with “To

  1. “To” is used as a preposition if there’s movement, a transfer or a change in direction from one point to another.
  2. Any English verb in the infinitive form will include the word “to.” You will frequently see this construction in English sentences.

Let’s continue with “For”

  1. Use “for” when talking about a duration of time
  2. If you want to thank someone, you’ll usually use the word “for” to explain why you’re thanking them.

Practice will increase your confidence, so try to practice as many possible at Inglés Individual!

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