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Are "to me" and "for me" almost always interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?


Can anyone recommend a site that goes into great detail concerning these expressions?


For example, are these two sentences equally acceptable?

To me, it looks like slang" and "For me, it looks like slang"?

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anonymousAre "to me" and "for me" almost always interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?

"to me" is more like "as I see it".
"for me" is more like "as it affects me".

So "to me" comes off as more objective.

So in your example, To me, it looks like slang seems more appropriate. How closely something resembles slang doesn't seem to be the kind of thing that would necessarily affect a person much.


Focus on objective opinion
To me, this article is just another article flexing Putin's dominance in Russia.
To me, there was a massive gap in quality between the first and second episodes.
To me, shyness implies a real reluctance to be socially aggressive or assertive.

Focus on personal involvement
For me, it is impossible to write without going to the place I am writing about.
For me it's very important to experience different cultures, to meet new people.
For me, it was quite natural making the shift from economist to project manager.

That said, there are quite a few sentences where this distinction is not observed.

anonymousCan anyone recommend a site that goes into great detail concerning these expressions?

This is a tiny drop in the ocean of English. I doubt any website would spend any time discussing it.

CJ

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These are not interchangeable when they appear at the beginning of a sentence - in fact, they would have opposite meanings. For example:


To me, he looks impressive.


For me, his looks don't do anything.


To me, what he said was not meant to be insulting.


For me, what he said was hurtful.

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