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"It's important to me" vs "It's important for me"
What's the difference between to and for in this case..
I guess there is nothing wrong with both of those sentences but do you feel any difference from each?
It's almost impossible to get the difference of it.
In my opinion I would say that there is no significant difference.
All I can say is that I would use "It's important for me...", when I want to:
1. make a stronger statement, i.e. I must/have to do it.
"It's important for me to learn English."
2. make a comparitive statement, i.e. have this rather than something else.
"My neighbour is an American and therefore it's important for me to learn English (rather than any other language)."
3. convey a feeling of immediacy
"It's important for me to learn English now, if I am to speak with my American neighbour."
4. give a list of criteria, i.e. I must have this, that and the other.
"It's important for me to have a phone that can take photographs and connect to the web."
If I replace the above 4 statements with the words "It's important to me...", it does not sound right. Maybe it is something to do with the repetitiveness of 'to' that I don't like, anyway, if I replace "It's important for me to..." with "It's important to me that I...." then it sounds better.
I hope this helps you. Perhaps there is someone out there can explain this better in terms of grammar.
My family is very important to me. That is the right sentence.
a) I sent a letter to Mary. In that sentence I wrote a letter to Mary and sent it to her in another city, country...
b) I sent a letter for Mary. In that one Mary wrote a letter for someone and couldn't mail it then other person maybe a friend maild it because she was very busy.
To a native English speaker, it's incomplete to say something is important FOR you. It says that there is something you must do that is important (to someone). "For the sake of my health, it's important for me to lose weight."
Anonymous:I always think of "for" in the sense of "on the behalf", whereas "to" gives me the idea of movement, towards.
Anonymous:1. A thing is important to you. (Noun or Gerund)
Example: Your studies are important to you. (Studying is important to you.)
2. Doing something is important for you. (to + Verb)
It is important for you to study.
Anonymous:the difference between in this matter and on this matter.
the difference between in this matter and on this matter.
Sometimes there is very little difference.
Context can make a lot of difference. Very generally speaking, 'on this matter' suggests one or more of the people in the context is not directly involved in the matter, whereas 'in this matter' suggest more direct involvement.
eg Can you give me your advice on this matter, please?
eg Can you help me in this matter, please?
Please note the use of the word 'please'.
Best wishes, Clive
Anonymous:to me is straight to yourself, involving nobody else. (here ya are the recepient, e.g: Happy birthday to ya)
for me is more like a third inclusion, e.g. : Could ya do that for me? (you are not the direct recepient)
Actually, in real life, we mix both and Americans do that all the time.
Hope it helps ya.
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