To or For Someone

Is it 'to someone' or is it 'for someone?' In this lesson, we will learn when and how to use each of them.

"To" or "For Someone" in the English grammar

Which One is Correct?

Both 'to someone' and 'for someone' are correct and can be used but they are used in different contexts and for different purposes.

To Someone

'To someone' is used when we are identifying a person that is affected by or receiving something. Have a look:

He is so rude to her.

I gave some money to him.

For Someone

We can use 'for someone' to show that something is done to the favor and benefit of someone. Have a look:

They bought it for him.

He only smiles for her.

Are They Interchangeable?

'To someone' and 'for someone' are not interchangeable as they convey different meanings. Compare:

I am grateful for my parents.

Here, 'for' means 'because of.'

I am grateful to my parents.

Here, 'to' shows what or who the gratitude is towards.

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