Which prepositions can come after "an answer" and are natural?

E.g. the below sentence can show the context the phrase would be used.

I would like to get an answer to/for/of/on this question.

To me, who is not a native English speaker but an intermediate ESL learner, all of them feel natural.

Thank you. :)

1 Answer 1


The more idiomatic usage is "an answer to" this question. The preposition "for" could be used alternatively but it is less common.

Other preposition can be used but are much less common as shown in Ngram and they may convey different meanings.

  • Thank you for answering, Absolute Beginner. Can I ask you a little bit more of examples or explanations about what differences could be made when prepositions other than "to" or "for" are used? Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 11:10
  • @SmartHumanism - you can see usage examples inside the Ngram link (just click on dates below). If you have doubts you can ask.
    – user5267
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 11:13
  • Thank you very much for your answer. I am greeting as I review this post in a long time. :) Happy New Year to you. Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 8:41

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