difference(prepare)

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  1. allen1984 Senior Member

    stafford, UK
    chinese
    be prepared to/for
    get prepared for/to = ( get ready for/to)
    prepare to/for

    what is the difference among them ?

    The exams are coming next week, We have to get prepared for them.
    I am preparing for the coming exams.

    :) Does anyone make any sense about it?
    thanks a lot
     
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Second question today on prepare, I'm a bit puzzled as to the problem as the dictionary definition seems quite understandable to me:

    [OED]

    The use of prepare is correct in meaning in both your examples, but note that it the form get + past is awkward:
    We have to get prepared for them.
    OR:
    We have to be prepared for them.
    I am preparing for the coming exams.:tick:
     
  3. allen1984 Senior Member

    stafford, UK
    chinese
    Thanks a lot
    and I have another example.
    lets take a look this sentence
    Someone is making a toast for a new couple
    ..........the beautiful adventure they are about to embark upon together, and I can think of no two people better prepared for the journey. (Is there "being" missed in this sentence?) --I can think of no two people being better preopared for the journey
     
  4. luciousfan3012 New Member

    EU, Anglais,
    I wouldn't insert "being," the sentence seems quite fine. If anything, one could put "two people who are better prepared..." but this isn't necessary.
     
  5. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    Just to take Matching Mole's explanation a little further,

    prepare to = get ready to take action

    eg. I prepare to sit my exams. We have to prepare to take our exams.

    prepare for = get ready for something external to happen to you

    eg. I prepare for my exams (to occur/to take place)
     

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