I make up some sentences because I am a little confused about their meaning. The main point is to compare prepositions in different contexts.
- He has a bias toward his children.
- He has a tolerant attitude toward his children.
- His children have respect for their father.
- His attitude to life is positive.
Based on my understanding, sentence 1 and 2 are the same pattern because bias can be counted as a kind of attitude.
But why does sentence 3 use "for"? My understanding is that "their father" modifies "respect." (Why does respect can't be counted as a kind of attitude? That is, also to use "toward" in this sentence.)
And sentence 4 is a little similar to sentence 3; "life" modifies "attitude."
But why does sentence 4 use "to" and sentence 3 use "for"? Just because they're expressions commonly used? Or have some logic?
With regard to sentence 4, there are some phrases I think have the same pattern.
- approach to life
- need for food
Can I learn all these things I mentioned based on some logic instead of cramming them into my head? (I know memorization is necessary, but logic can help these that I learned to expand to other similar things)
I really appreciate any help you can provide.