important for/to


Senior Member
He said that the park is important to the nation's economy and to people around the world.
He said that the park is important for the nation's economy and for people around the world.
Any difference?
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    Yes, but it is too subtle to be worth being bothered about - you can use either in this context.

    However, this is not always the case;

    I made a cake for you.
    I gave a cake to you.

    I think you can see the difference between to and for in those sentences.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The usage of "important to/for" can be tricky, but very often there's no real difference.

    Ok, that sounds correct. Now, if I say:

    "Your support is important to your child." Does this mean that the child thinks so?

    "Your support is important for your child." Does this mean that it is beneficial to him, regardless of what he thinks?
    In this case there is quite a clear difference between "important to" and "important for", and the OP has grasped this.
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