Giving to people for a purpose

In recent times, the obligation of developed nations to give aid for developing nations has been widely discussed.

This grammar item is handled differently by different languages. Let’s take a look at some examples:

  • Several highly independent intelligence operations were given to him.
  • Eventually they gave the house to their eldest son.
  • Don’t give it to them! They’ll waste it.
  • In these examples, give..to is followed by a person or group. (Indonesian flag kepada)

So, ‘to’ + person or people. What about ‘for’?

  • Cool, huh?! My parents gave it to me for my birthday.
  • I normally give a tip for good service, but this time I was disappointed.
  • Here give..for is followed by a purpose. (Indonesian flag untuk)

Now try this practice activity.

Instructions

Select words from the drop-down menus to complete the text. When you have finished, click 'Check your answers!' for feedback.
Recently I gave some money my wife so that she could pay the electricity bill. I also gave her some extra money the weekly shopping. She gave some of the money her brother. Apparently he needed money school books and his English course. I told my wife that she could use any money left over a trip to the salon.

Answer Key

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