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Drinking milk. To most people, it helped them to sleep; to/for her, it caused the opposite.

Should it be to or for and why?

  • It's "to most people" then it's "to her". The sentence is a bit odd. Why "it helped them"? – SovereignSun Mar 27 '17 at 7:05
  • @SovereignSun Milk help most people to sleep. – alex Mar 27 '17 at 7:06
  • "To most people it helped them to sleep" sounds wrong to this US English speaker. It should be for for both cases. – stangdon Mar 27 '17 at 15:15
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The pattern to X, Y means that X appears to be Y to X, but X has not necessarily consumed, tried, or used Y.

To most people, it helped them to sleep

This sounds like that most people saw something X, and observed that it helped a group of other people to sleep. Since you are talking about drinking milk, it's unlikely you want to express this.

For X, Y would be used if X actually consumed, tried, or used Y.

Your sentence probably really wants to be this:

Drinking milk - for most people, it helped them to sleep; but for her, it caused the opposite.

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To most people sounds like "to their knowledge"

The correct preposition would be "for":

  • Drinking milk. For most people it helped sleep; for her, it caused the opposite.

"To most people, it helped them to sleep" - "them" and "to" are superfluous. And no comma is needed.

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