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What is the difference between "cost for" and "cost"?

For example:

1) Building a sophisticated website costs $100 for me.

2) Building a sophistacated website costs me $100.

Put another way, what is the difference between:

How much does it cost for you?

and:

How much does it cost you?

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"How much does it cost for you?" is not natural. But to cost someone something is perfectly correct:

Building a sophisticated website costs me $100.

Unemployment costs the taxpayer billions each year.

It cost me a fortune!

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There is an implied gerund in "for".

  • The cost for [eating] an apple is being kicked out of Eden.
  • The cost of an apple is being kicked out of Eden.

In American english, both work, but stick with "of".

Good luck, G.

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