What’s the difference between prepare and prepare for? How does putting the preposition for change the meaning or useage of prepare ? I know that prepositions can be tricky when you are learning English, so hopefully, this grammar lesson about for will help you out.
You prepare something (without for). You can prepare a meal, prepare a dish, or prepare a document in the office. Prepare something means you make or create something.
- I prepared lunch for everyone! = I cooked lunch for everyone.
- I have to prepare a report for the meeting. = I have to create the report.
- Did you prepare these appetizers by yourself? They are so delicious!
On the other hand, you prepare for an event. You can prepare for a trip, prepare for a meeting, prepare for a class, etc. It means you get ready for that event:
- It took 4 hours to prepare for the party, but I think I am ready for the guests.
- I have to prepare for my trip tomorrow. I haven’t packed my suitcase yet.
- The teacher prepared for the class on his laptop in the train!
How about you? Have you prepared anything recently? Have you prepared for anything recently? Leave a comment below and let us know!
If you know anyone who could use this English lesson, why not share it with them!
Show your support →
CHECK OUT MY TRANSCRIPTS & BOOKS
Everything Your GRAMMAR BOOK Didn’t Teach You
Yes, your grammar book probably taught you the difference between during and while, but it probably didn’t teach you how we actually use those words in everyday English. This book does!
You’ll also learn how to really use phrases such as:
- By Friday and Until Friday
- In the end and At the end
- I’m bored and I’m boring
- Even if and Even though
- Just and Only
- Much and Many
- Stop doing it and Stop to do it…and so much more!
You’ll also learn how to use causatives, conditionals, frequency adverbs, modal verbs, articles, and prepositions.
It’s …Everything Your GRAMMAR BOOK Didn’t Teach You