I had a break from my lessons this afternoon, so I went to the coffee shop today to have lunch. I haven’t been out for lunch in a while and I was amazed that so many people go to the coffee shop for lunch. I waited on line for almost ten minutes. I like to go out to eat, but I usually have lunch at home and go out for dinner. Last night I went out for some ice cream after dinner. It was so yummy!
For and to can be confusing prepositions. Do know how to use them? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson.
Verbs of motion like go, walk, drive, etc, can be followed by to + verb (the infinitive) or for + something. Here are some examples.
- I went to the coffee shop to have lunch.
- I went to the coffee shop for lunch.
- I walk every morning to stay healthy.
- I walk every morning for my health.
- I drove to the mall to get something for my sister, Jane.
- I drove to the mall for Jane
For can also be followed by an verb+ing, like this:
- This machine is used for making rice.
- George was stopped by the police for drinking while driving.
- I want to get some new sneakers for running.
Be careful! Out to lunch is an idiom that means “a little crazy.”
- Tom is out for lunch ← This means Tom is out of the office and eating his lunch somewhere.
- Tom is out to lunch ← This means Tom is a little crazy.
Well, before I become out to lunch, I will go out for lunch. Thanks for studying today. Feel free to send me a message with your suggestion for a one point lesson.