General Writing and Grammar Help/FOR me - TO me

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Dear Ted:

When introducing one's opinion, should I use "FOR me,....." or "TO me,....."?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

When introducing one's opinion, should I use "FOR me,....." or "TO me,....."?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** They have the same meaning.  I have tried to think of a situation in which they are NOT interchangeable, but I cannot.

EXAMPLES:

To me, coffee is a far better drink than tea.

Although most Americans like baseball, for me it is a very boring game.

**** This example has nothing to do with "introducing one's opinion," but there is a common expression in this country:  "It works FOR me."  You cannot use "to" in this instance.  On the other hand, "You mean so much TO me" cannot be changed to "You mean so much FOR me."

In expressing an opinion, use either "to" or "for."

Ted  

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