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I'm thankful (   ) him for caring for my mother when I wasn't at home.

Which is the proper preposition to write there?

I already know that 'To' must be in the blank.

But also I think 'Of' is fine as well, in that 'Of' means 'relate' between 'thankful' and 'him'.

That is to say, That I am feeling thankful to him is related to him directly.

What I want to be answered is the explaining why 'Of' is not correct semantically.

  • I think you need a better explanation why you think "of" can be used here. Or actual examples where it is used that way. Or a dictionary definition that explains it. – user3169 Nov 3 '17 at 21:12
  • In my opinion: "I'm thankful to him for X." 'To' is used because gratitude is shown or given to another person. The 'movement' of the action, from the speaker to the receiver, therefore makes 'to' the proper preposition to be used. 'Of' doesn't seem to fit as it doesn't show 'direction'/'movement' for the action, RE: 'showing gratitude/being thankful. – shin Nov 5 '17 at 13:37

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