I am looking for a date to/for my opening tomorrow.

Note: Here “date” means “a person to go on a date with”. And “opening” means “the inauguration of a shop”.

Are both prepositions correct in the example? I believe “for” is appropriate here.

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Only for is correct here.

For is used to mean "for the purpose of". To is usually used to mean "in the direction of" or as part of a verb phrase. You could use to if you wanted to phrase it like

I am looking for a date to take to my opening tomorrow.

  • Thank you! I heard this dialogue in an American series, where a character used “to”. Commented Mar 16, 2021 at 12:15
  • The more I think about it, the more I think to is not necessarily wrong, but it does sound less fluent in my Northeastern US dialect.
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 16, 2021 at 12:16

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