Using the prepositions TO and FOR

When do you use the preposition to and when do you use for? FOR is used to express doing something on someone’s behalf. TO expresses direction.Examples:

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FOR

I hurt my hand and cannot carry my books myself, can you carry them for me?
I also can’t use my hand to write. Can you write a letter for me, so I can send it to my mother?

TO

I am up on the ladder painting and I forgot the turpentine, but I don’t want to come down to get it. Can you carry the turpentine to me?

Could you send the letter you wrote for me to my mother? Or should I send it to her when I finish painting?

I also can’t use my hand to write. Can you write a letter for me, so I can send it to my mother?

I am up on the ladder painting and I forgot the turpentine, but I don’t want to come down to get it. Can you carry the turpentine to me?

Could you send the letter you wrote for me to my mother? Or should I send it to her when I finish painting?

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  1. I hurt my hand and cannot carry my books myself, can you carry them ____ me?
  2. I also can’t use my hand to write. Can you write a letter ____ me, so I can send it ____ my mother?
  3. I am up on the ladder painting and I forgot the turpentine, but I don’t want to come down to get it. Can you carry the turpentine ____ me?
  4. Could you send the letter you wrote ____ me ____ my mother? Or should I send it ____ her when I finish painting?

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I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

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