I like to drink coffee. I probably go out for coffee twice or sometime three times a day. This morning, when the guy behind the counter was handing the coffee to me he almost dropped it! I think his boss talked to him about that, too. Since he spilled some of it, he made a new cup for me. I always go to that shop so they know me…it’s a nice place!
To and for can be confusing for some students. Do you know the difference? Have another look at the paragraph above, then check today’s lesson:
To Vs. For
We use to + base verb which is called an infinitive
- I like to drink coffee
- My dog needs to eat twice a day
- “To be or not to be” (from Shakespeare)
We also use to when something is moved or transferred between locations or in the direction of a location
- Can you give your homework to your teacher after class? There is movement of the homework between you and the teacher
- I usually go to the library in the afternoon. There is movement in the direction of the library
- I think I will talk to him about his class. The information goes from me to him
We use for when we want to refer to a purpose
- This brush is used for calligraphy. The purpose of the brush is calligraphy.
- I need a new laptop for work. The purpose of the new laptop is work.
- Shampoo is special soap for your hair. The purpose of the shampoo is to clean your hair.
We also use for when something is to the benefit of ~
- Can you check this for me.
- Tommy bought a present for her birthday.
- I would do anything for you!
When we use go, we prefer to use the go + to + verb and go + for + something
- We will go to work today.
- We will go for dinner after work