I’d like to share with you a lesson from one of my favourite English learning websites, Espresso English. It’s about when to use ‘to’ and ‘for’. I think it’s really useful. What do you think?
Don’t say: “I’m studying every day for improve my English.”
Use TO in these cases:
“We’re going to Paris.”
- What time it is
“It’s a quarter to 2.”
“It’s about ten miles from my house to the university.”
“I prefer sleeping to working.”
“I gave the book to my sister.”
- Motive/Reason – with verb
“I came here to see you.”
“Yogurt is good for your digestion.”
- Period of time
“We’ve lived here for 2 years.”
“I made an appointment for May 3.”
- Agree with
“Are you for or against the development of nuclear weapons?”
- Doing something to help someone
“Could you carry these books for me?”
- Motive/Reason – with noun
“Let’s go out for a drink.”
- Function – with verb (-ing form)
“A ladle is a big spoon used for serving soup.”
- I came to New York to work.
- I came to New York for a new job.
Why don’t you try writing some of your own example sentences and posting them to me?