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I just cannot decide whether to use "for" or "in" in the following examples.

We want two engineers (for / in) the project.

We want two violin players (for / in) the show.

Musicians are wanted (for / in) the New Year's Celebration.

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We can want a person "for" an activity, so "for" is correct in all three sentences.

Also, a person can appear "in" a performance, so "in" is correct for the second and third sentences. However, a person is generally not "in" a project, so that preposition wouldn't work for the first sentence.

Note that some other prepositions may be possible, too. For example, a person can be "on" a project, so that preposition could work for the first sentence.

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  • Is there any difference in meaning when using "for" or "in" for the second and third sentences?
    – Wu Xiliang
    Apr 11, 2022 at 2:28
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    If you say "in", then the person will actually be in the show / celebration. If you say "for", then the person wouldn't necessarily be in the performance; he or she might simply record some background music for it, for example. Apr 11, 2022 at 2:30
  • So, "Musicians are wanted for the performance." could mean that the musicians could play music in the background instead of showing up on the stage. Do I understand correctly?
    – Wu Xiliang
    Apr 11, 2022 at 2:32
  • Yes, that's right. The preposition "for" doesn't really indicate how the musicians will participate. Apr 11, 2022 at 2:33
  • Thank you for you time and help. Have a nice day.
    – Wu Xiliang
    Apr 11, 2022 at 2:34

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