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Bernard M

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I've read this sentence : "We have the entire appartment to ourselves".

Why the preposition "to" here ? I would have said "We have the entire appartment for ourselves". Would it be correct and would it mean the same?

Thank you for your help.


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Hello Bernard,

As you know, prepositions don't follow any logic. Therefore, although 'for' makes a lot more sense, the correct preposition in this type of expression is 'to'.

The good thing about it is that if you said 'for', you would be perfectly understandable.



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