English Lesson: For and To

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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.