Which one of the following two sentences is more accurate in regard to the prepositions usage "to vs for".

I want to register to the meeting.
I want to register for the meeting.

If both are correct (Till today, Google found 84,700,000 results for "register to", and 118,000,000 results for "register for"), then what is the difference in meaning?

2 Answers 2


Use "register for" when followed by a noun:

Register for the meeting. Register for a chance to win.

Use "register to" when followed by a verb:

Register to vote. Register to work at the fundraiser.

  • Very late comment, but what about 'register with'? I would register with a company or organisation. what are the rules on that?
    – E. Rei
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 10:26
  • Also used with a noun. You register for an event or an activity. You register with an organization or a person or group of people. Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 14:34

I would sign up for the meeting. (In standard American English)
I would register for the meeting!
I would go to the meeting.
I would not be late for the meeting.
The donuts are for the meeting.
Are you going to the meeting?

I should add that "I would register to attend the meeting." Certainly what is written prior to or after the preposition can alter the meaning to make it more grammatical. Whether an anaphoric reference or a collocation--i.e., certain words habitually appear together.


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