a great asset "for / to" something/someone

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Japanese / 日本語
“Brandon’s north country roots and experience will be a great asset to the team,” Rapids co-owner Mike Schell said in a press release.
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“Ms. Gilliam will be an excellent addition to our team,” said Commerce Director Jeffery Sayer. “Her strong leadership, her proactive and partnership-focused approach, and her experience will be a great asset for our team and for our state. We are excited to have her join our effort to accelerate employment growth and business creation for our great state.”
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Do "a great asset to something/someone" and "a great asset for something/someone" mean the same thing?
  • london calling

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    UK English
    I personally have never come across 'to be an asset for something/someone' and am unable to find it in any dictionaries online but the fact that you have found this example means that some people do use it. That said, I suggest you use 'asset to'. That way you will never be wrong.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    It depends a lot on the context:

    To and for both express a different purpose in regard to their the object - to = devolving onto the subject; as far as subject is concerned; for expresses for the benefit of the subject.

    I gave a book to John
    I baked a cake for John

    An asset can be an intangible or an attribute of some sort and "his experience is an asset to the team"
    or it can be tangible: "The new fire-engine will be an asset for the town."

    "You are a mechanic, and that new machine may be an asset to you, but I am a florist and it isn't an asset for me."
    They are a bit similar, and kinda mean the same, but look if someone says:
    •That's a good asset to me - means that the person is giving his point of view
    •That's a good asset for me - means that it is good for something or someone

    •She is a good asset to the state - the state thinks she is good = point of view
    •She is a good asset for the state = she is a good resource for the state (she is like a "gift" becuase is for someone/something in this case is for "the state"


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree with london calling that it’s standard to describe someone or something as an asset to a business, political party, etc. (And all 21 of Oxford’s usage examples use “asset to”.)
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