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    Arrow Mentor

    Is correct usage:

    Joe would be a good mentor to Johnny or a good mentor for Johnny?



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    I think most anyone would say it's a toss up, but here's how I differentiate between them. Use "to" if you want to emphasize Joe's mentoring abilities in a particular area of expertise, like running a business. Use "for" if you want to emphasize the personal relationship between Joe and Johnny in that Joe exhibits qualities as a person that Johnny would do well to imitate.

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    Just taking the basic sentence you provided, I'm definitely going with "to".

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    to vs for

    I would use "to" if you want to emphasize the abilities of the mentor; I would use "for" if you want to emphasize the relationship connection towards the person being tutored. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.S. Crooks View Post
    I would use "to" if you want to emphasize the abilities of the mentor; I would use "for" if you want to emphasize the relationship connection towards the person being tutored. Hope this helps.
    Good to be validated.

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