I know that we can use “on” with “influence,” so I think it is fine to say a sentence like
- “Metallica was a huge influence on me.”
But I wonder if it is also fine to use either “for” or “to” with it as well. The sentence with “for” sounds okayish to me but I feel like “to” may be more wrong to use. I am more used to hearing “to” with “inspiration” rather than “influence” as in
- “Metallica was a huge inspiration to me.”
Do you think these sentences below are fine at least in colloquial language? I found instances of both “for” and “to” being used by native English speakers along with influence, but I wanted to get your opinions as well. I prefer to use on which I think is more idiomatic.
“Metallica was a huge influence for me.”
“Metallica was a huge influence to me.”
Context: A musician is talking about the musicians that influenced him in his life.