use for vs. use to

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use for vs. use to

Post by azz » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:50 pm

Can one say
a. This instrument is used to measure radiation.
b. This instrument is used for measuring radiation.

c. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation.
d. I need the Geiger counter for measuring.

e. I need the Geiger counter to measure radiation in my office.
f. I need the Geiger counter for measuring radiation in my office.


I am trying to figure out how the two constructs (infinitive vs. for+gerund) differ.

Many thanks.
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Re: use for vs. use to

Post by Phil White » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:51 pm

To all intents and purposes, they do not differ. It may be that one suggests a more concrete case of a given use (I think my tea has polonium in it) and the other suggests the general use, I cannot think that anyone hearing either version would necessarily be fixated on such a distinction.
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Non sum felix lepus

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