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His advice is a great help for/to me.
- Thread starter taked4700
- Start date Jan 22, 2011
- Jan 22, 2011
Hi, 1. His advice was a great help for me to achieve success as a teacher. 2. His advice was a great help to me to achieve success as a teacher. Are both sentences idiomatic? If so, what difference do you see between them? I guess 2. is not idiomatic because the formula of 'for A to do' is natural. Thanks in advance.
Number one strikes my ear as idiomatic, for me to achieve . Two is not the common usage.
Moderator note: I have changed the title from "AA is a great help..." to "His advice is...", as the signification of "AA" was unclear.
"... a great help to me" is a common collocation but nothing should follow it. I don't think either sentence is particularly idiomatic as they are being forced toward an unnatural form, i.e. they sound like exercises - use this idiom in a sentence.
Thank you, Harry Batt, Matching Mole and Myridon. As Myridon says "His advice was a great help for me to achieve success as a teacher." sounds like an exercise, let me try to make a more natural sentence. I gave him an English-English dictionary. That would be a great help for him to learn English. Is this use of 'a great help for him to do' natural? Thanks in advance.
taked4700 said: 1. His advice was a great help for me to achieve success as a teacher. 2. His advice was a great help to me to achieve success as a teacher. Are both sentences idiomatic? If so, what difference do you see between them? I guess 2. is not idiomatic because the formula of 'for A to do' is natural. Click to expand...
Thank you, Parla. I think I can see how idiomatic your sentence is. You have a very good sense of language. Thanks again, taked4700
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