Many people do not realize that they are causing disasters ______ themselves.

A. To

B. For

C. With

D. About

My teacher said the answer is A, but I think it should be B, can someone explain this to me please? When do we use to and when do we use for ?

2 Answers 2


Ngram says you're both more or less right

While until recently to was certainly the more common option, recently for has gained in popularity. In the end you have to go with what people actually use.

Although, it seems to me the the sentence itself is not idiomatic, and a native speaker would be more likely to express this in a different way.


We would use for here, in Standard English.

It matches this definition of for:

a. Used to indicate the recipient or beneficiary of an action:
prepared lunch for us


More important, of course, is thinking about the wisdom of correcting a teacher.

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