In the following sentence, is the use of 'for' after the adjective 'attractive' acceptable? It is said in a dictionary that 'attractive' is followed by the preposition 'to'.

Pleasant beaches are attractive for tourists to relax on.


For is fine here, although to is more common. If thing A is attractive to thing B, it means that thing A finds thing B to be attractive. Typically, if thing A is an inanimate object, for will nearly always be used. If thing A is a human, for will usually be in the form thing A is attractive for person B to do thing C. (I hope that isn't too many things.)

Here are a few examples that I found using ngram viewer:

It becomes less attractive for members to stick their necks out.
Adding audio and visual environment to the conventional text-base services makes them vivid and attractive for many users.
This is very attractive for an entirely aqueous system.
The option is attractive for those who hate to plan.
...wood that other beetles will not find attractive for several years. [For is always used for periods of time.]
A coherent shared address space has been found to be attractive for a wide range of applications.

Here are some with to:

The prestige value of serving them can make you more attractive to other customers.
...a vacant lot adjacent to its tracks, which is attractive to children.
Some forms of the fuel may be more or less attractive to thieves.
A feeder at this height is attractive to many of the birds.

Like most prepositions, you pretty much have to just "get a feel" for which one to use. A good way to do that is to study examples with google books. If you go to books.google.com and type in "attractive for" (with the quotes, so it will search for the exact phrase), you'll get back a list of books with the words in it. You can browse through the results and read the sentence that the phrase is used in.

Anyway, that's how I got the above quotes.

If you want to compare the frequency of two different phrases, check out ngram viewer.

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  • Thanks, BobRodes, for your patient and long explanation. – Theinlwin Nov 13 '19 at 11:15

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