For and to are both confusing preposition in English.As I know we use to with moving verbs and for with stative verb. For example, give a pen to ayesha. This pen is for Ayesha. But It's like a dream to me .Here why to come instead of for??

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    In many languages, the use of prepositions - especially, which to use - is one of the most arbitrary and unpredictable part of the language. You can often find partial rules, like the one you quote; but they will only take you so far. As @Edward Barnard suggests, words of perception often have a metaphorical motion to the perceiver. I think "For for a stative verb" is not helpful: the core meaning of for is for the benefit of, and many uses can be seen as derived from that.
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 30, 2019 at 19:08

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Perhaps there is a different rule regarding perception. I would say, "it looks blue to me" but "the web site works fine for me". In describing how I perceive something, a common idiom is "it looks xxxxx to me" or "it's like xxxxx to me".


Give a pen to ayesha. This pen is for Ayesha.


This pen is for Ayesha, please give it to Emily to give to her.

In this situation, the pen is for use by Ayesha. Emily will take it to Ayesha and give the pen to her.

I cannot go to Ayesha's birthday party. Please can you give this pen to her for me.

Here, the pen is a birthday present that I wish to give to Ayesha. I ask you to give it to Ayesha on my behalf.

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