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I'm stumped! I am the grammar guru in my office but was asked a question by co-worker the other day about the correct usage of the word 'provide'.

Do you provide something to someone, or provide someone with something?

I'll await any feedback!

Thanks.
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You can provide something for someone.
You can provide someone with something.

But, I've never heard of providing something to someone.

Then again, it's only a preposition.
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"with" is good.
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I think 'with' is the most correct syntax for 'provide', as in:
'I provided him with a rope' (maybe he was going climbing Emotion: wink ).

I've seen and used 'for' myself in the following way:
'If you have children, you must provide for their well-being.'
(without an object as in whom to provide with well-being)
You could provide something to someone, however, you MAY also provide someone to someone [H]

Rule of thumb is to use 'to' while using the word provide, however, there can be exceptions, for example: God has provided us with food, shelter and clothing ....OR you can just omit 'with' from this sentence as well!

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