Thank you for your concern, sound shift.I don't think we can answer that, QD, because you haven't given us the context. What situation did you have in mind?
Thanks, camaysar.Another possibility:
There is a job opening at Walmart. Does that sound right for you?
Thanks, sound shift.
But could you explain why it is "to" here instead of "for?" By the way, the following is a similar sentence pattern, but it takes "for" instead of "to." And this inconsistence causes lots of troubles for us.
For some people, human cloning is not a scientific issue but a moral problem.
Thanks, sound shift, for your time and consideration. I agree with what you cleared up.QD,
Different situation: different preposition.
I'm not sure that "inconsistency" (in the use of prepositions) is the right word. There are millions of meanings to be expressed, so I think it is more a question of complexity and nuance.
Thanks, James, for the expressive and persuasive reply.I don't think this is a good parallel, QD.
Try something like this. Let's say you are female:
Women get only half the pay of men. Does that sound fair to you?
Women get only half the pay of men. Does that sound fair for you?
The first asks for an opinion on the proposition that women should get only half the pay of men. It is a call for a value judgment from an objective point of view.
The second asks if you will personally accept half the pay of a man. It is a call for an evaluation of it as it directly relates to your personal circumstances.
Does it sound right and natural to/for you?
Thank you, estetanos, for your interest in this thread and your distinctive explanation.They are both correct, but they don't mean the same thing.
"Does it sound right and natural to you" means "do you think it sounds right and natural."
"Does it sound right and natural for you" means "does it sounds like it will (smoothly) meet your needs." I've used (smoothly) here to try to convey the meaning of 'natural' when combined with 'for'. The normal phrase is simply 'right for you'.
A car that "sounds right for you" is a car that fulfills your requirements.
Hope this helps a bit. They aren't equivalent constructions.