Prepositions OF / TO / FOR

A Few Prepositions

Of is used

for belonging to, relating to, or connected with or to indicate reference:

  • I dream of going to the Maldives.
  • It’s the year of the Dragon.
  • This is a picture of my children.

to indicate an amount or number:

  • I drank three cups of ice tea today.
  • She got a score of 90 on the test.

To is used

to express movement or direction:

  • I am walking to school.
  • The report was emailed to the CEO yesterday.
  • We all went to the movie theater.
  • I want the information today. Can you please send it to me.

to indicate a limit:

  • The boxes were piled up to the ceiling.
  • The price increased to 100 dollars.

to indicate relationship:

  • This necklace is very important to me.
  • My answer to your question is simple.

to indicate a time or a period:

  • I work from nine to five, Monday to Friday.
  • It is twenty to nine in the morning.  (8:40 A.M.)

For is used

to indicate the the purpose of something:

  • This convention centre is for exhibitions and conferences.
  • They took me to Bali for my birthday.
  • He shut the door for privacy.
  • The students have been studying hard for the final exam.

to express time or duration:

  • She’s been working as a lawyer for many years.
  • My son attended university for one year.
  • That’s all for today. Thank you for your participation.

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