Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The difference between "to" and "for"

Juan Cole
The US military is planning to keep 120,000 troops in Iraq for the next two years...
which he considers to be a bad thing to be saying at present but doesn't take any notice of his own very next sentence -
...the number could fluctuate depending on the circumstances.
The US are not planning to keep 120,000 troops in Iraq for 2 years, they are planning for that possibility. There's a difference of intention.

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