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# Usage of Sacrifice to and sacrifice for

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24 May 2013, 21:08
Between the two sentences mentioned below, which one is correct and why. A detailed explanation would be appreciated.

1. Would you sacrifice a lot of money for going to Europe?

2. Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe?

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24 May 2013, 22:05
I think the Preposition that goes along with sacrifice is for.
we say Sacrifice X for Y... and not Sacrifice X to Y

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24 May 2013, 22:11
I don't see anything wrong with both idioms - sacrifice .. to .. and sacrifice.. for .. Unfortunately when a usage is idiom, there is no valid explanation
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24 May 2013, 22:52
I believe it is purely Idiomatic usage between 'to' and 'for' like Archit correctly mentioned.
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Re: Usage of Sacrifice to and sacrifice for [#permalink]

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24 May 2013, 23:27
Rhea446 wrote:
Between the two sentences mentioned below, which one is correct and why. A detailed explanation would be appreciated.

1. Would you sacrifice a lot of money for going to Europe?

2. Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe?

Cheers-
Rhea

First of all, between (1) and (2), the first sentence is correct. The second sentence is absolutely wrong.

IDIOM:

Sacrifice someone/something FOR someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money FOR a chance to go to US

Sacrifice someone/something TO someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money TO a better life

It doesn't matter if you use TO or FOR. Both of them are correct. But after preposition (TO/FOR), noun/noun phrase should be used, NOT VERB

Your second sentence: "Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe" is wrong because there should be noun/noun phrase after preposition TO, not verb.

Hope it helps.
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Re: Usage of Sacrifice to and sacrifice for [#permalink]

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25 May 2013, 04:49
pqhai wrote:
Rhea446 wrote:
Between the two sentences mentioned below, which one is correct and why. A detailed explanation would be appreciated.

1. Would you sacrifice a lot of money for going to Europe?

2. Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe?

Cheers-
Rhea

First of all, between (1) and (2), the first sentence is correct. The second sentence is absolutely wrong.

IDIOM:

Sacrifice someone/something FOR someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money FOR a chance to go to US

Sacrifice someone/something TO someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money TO a better life

It doesn't matter if you use TO or FOR. Both of them are correct. But after preposition (TO/FOR), noun/noun phrase should be used, NOT VERB

Your second sentence: "Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe" is wrong because there should be noun/noun phrase after preposition TO, not verb.

Hope it helps.

Hi,

Thanks for the explaination, but then according to what you told above, the below sentence should be wrong;

I sacrificed a lot of money to visit Europe

Since visit is a verb here. Please tell me if I am understanding it correctly or not
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25 May 2013, 04:53
Archit143 wrote:
I think the Preposition that goes along with sacrifice is for.
we say Sacrifice X for Y... and not Sacrifice X to Y

Hope that helps!!!

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Archit

Hi Archit,

Thanks for your reply. But I still have a confusion here. I agree it should be "Sacrifice X for Y" and not "Sacrifice X to Y",

but when we are dealing with an action associated as a result of a sacrifice which one is better to say:
" Sacrifice X to do Y" or "Sacrifice X for doing Y"
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25 May 2013, 05:04
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Re: Usage of Sacrifice to and sacrifice for [#permalink]

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25 May 2013, 11:04
Rhea446 wrote:
pqhai wrote:
Rhea446 wrote:
Between the two sentences mentioned below, which one is correct and why. A detailed explanation would be appreciated.

1. Would you sacrifice a lot of money for going to Europe?

2. Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe?

Cheers-
Rhea

First of all, between (1) and (2), the first sentence is correct. The second sentence is absolutely wrong.

IDIOM:

Sacrifice someone/something FOR someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money FOR a chance to go to US

Sacrifice someone/something TO someone/something
For example: I sacrifice a lot of money TO a better life

It doesn't matter if you use TO or FOR. Both of them are correct. But after preposition (TO/FOR), noun/noun phrase should be used, NOT VERB

Your second sentence: "Would you sacrifice a lot of money to go to Europe" is wrong because there should be noun/noun phrase after preposition TO, not verb.

Hope it helps.

Hi,

Thanks for the explaination, but then according to what you told above, the below sentence should be wrong;

I sacrificed a lot of money to visit Europe

Since visit is a verb here. Please tell me if I am understanding it correctly or not

Hi Rhea

Technically, GMAT prefers "to do X" to "for dong X", because VERB form is always more concise and clearer than NOUN form (Ving is gerund - noun form of action).
Note: "prefer" does not mean "always"

However, "sacrifice" is a special case. The correct idiom of sacrifice is:
"sacrifice someone/something TO/FOR someone/something"

So I would say "sacrifice X to do Y" is wrong idiom.

You can change your sentence like:
(1) I sacrificed a lot of money to a chance to visit Europe
(2) I sacrificed a lot of money for visiting Europe.

Hope it helps.
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