<To/ For> the old dog lying under the table, the smell of frying bacon was tantalizing

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park sang joon

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Korean
To the old dog lying under the table, the small of frying bacon was almost unbearably tantalizing, and he started at the pan with obvious longing.
<Source: "Using Context" in "WORD POWER" in Reading for Results Ninth Edition by Laraine Flemming>
I'd like to know what nuance difference is between "to the old dog" and "for the old dog."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Chez

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    English English
    Something is unbearable to you, so when put at the start of the sentence, it is correct to use 'To the dog'.

    It is possible someone might use 'for', which would not be strictly correct, but in any case there would be no difference in meaning.
     

    Language Hound

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    American English
    Probably just typos, but I'm sure it was the smell of frying bacon that the dog found tantalizing
    and that he stared at the pan with obvious longing.:)
     
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