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robjen
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 10:53:36 PM
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I am going to make up an example below.

(ex) John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars to or for the monthly rent.

Which preposition is correct? Thanks.
danfam
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John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars to or for the monthly rent.


It's likely to be ok with :

John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars to the monthly rent.

And It's normally used :

John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to share three hundred dollars (for) the monthly rent.


"contribute" is correct in :

John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars to Tom's Charity Foundation.

sureshot
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:14:12 AM
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robjen wrote:
I am going to make up an example below.

(ex) John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars to or for the monthly rent.

Which preposition is correct? Thanks.


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The verb "contribute" takes the preposition "to". The use of "for" is quite rare e.g. in sentences like:

- I will contribute $20 for two years only. (contribution for + duration)
- I want to contribute for the support of such destitute children.
- My company is required by law to contribute for benefits to retirees and for medical insurance.

It is interesting to know that "contribution for ..." is more usual than "contribute for".
NKM
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John, who is Tom's new roommate, wants to contribute three hundred dollars toward the monthly rent.

sureshot
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:33:56 PM
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In British English, the preposition is "towards". The verb "contribute" can take "to" or "towards".

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