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azz
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 1:21:11 AM
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a. He is good to organize the trip.
b. He is good for organizing the trip.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

The idea is that he is good for that task.


Many thanks
thar
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:06:41 AM

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No, you would use a dummy pronoun here.

It is good of him to have organised the trip.
azz
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:49:43 AM
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Thank you so much Thar.

The idea is that he is good at organizing trip and he should be given the job of organizing the trip we are going to undertake.

He is good for that purpose.

Many thanks
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:00:43 AM
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azz wrote:


The idea is that he is good at organizing trip and he should be given the job of organizing the trip we are going to undertake.

He is good for that purpose.

Many thanks

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Your statement provides the clue. Say:

- He is good at organizing trips and should be assigned the task of organizing the forthcoming trip.
thar
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:36:41 AM

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There is a meaning of 'good for' meaning it is a useful tool, but you never use it for a person except in a very insulting way.


He is good for carrying the luggage but little else. Don't trust him with anything more complicated.
There is even the adjective/noun - a good-for-nothing. But never use 'good for' about a person.

Quote:
good-for-nothing
/ɡʊdfəˈnʌθɪŋ/
adjective
(of a person) lazy and feckless.
"his good-for-nothing son"
Similar: useless worthless

noun
a lazy, feckless person.



It works for inanimate objects.
This tool is good for picking up leaves.
This programme is the best for editing video.
That is one of its uses. I find it useful for that task.


But people are good at doing things, even if that skill is useful.


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