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!

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.
"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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