San
Lv 5

Which word is correct?

She left a message (to / for) her children on the table, telling them to call her if anything unusual happened.

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  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    Actually...EITHER is grammatically correct.

    Normally one would say "for" because the intended meaning is that the message is FOR the children (for their sake, for their benefit, for their use, etc.)

    However, certainly one can correctly say "to" in that sentence (with the meaning that the message was addressed to her children or intended for them to read) and it would be perfectly correct grammatically AND it would be almost as normal-sounding.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The correct word is for.

  • 1 month ago

    Leave + something + for somebody / something.

    Someone left this note for him.

  • 1 month ago

    I would use "She left a message on the table for her children..."  Your arrangement distracts the reader with unintended imagery of children on a table.  Once you correct that, the word "for" seems the most natural TO ME, but I will admit that "to" could also work.

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