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Difference between 'til' and 'for'

Can someone explain this to me?

Apparently, 'til' means 'to' and 'for' means 'for', but if you say:

What are you having for dinner?

It is translated as

Hvad du spiser til aftensmad?

Can someone explain this to me please? I'm going crazy! My boyfriend and his entire family and friends can not differentiate between the two.


Should've phrased my question better. What I really want and need to know is - which situations should I use 'til' and 'for' for?

November 19, 2015



    This page has a pretty good run down of when to use "til" and when to use "for". You example, I believe, would fit in the category of "Ingredients/ resources"


    Thank you! Does this apply to Norwegian as well?

    (I used google to find out the difference between "til" and "for" in Norwegian and it sent me to a Danish forum!)


    That is an awesome page, Xneb! Have a lingot :) I have been looking for something that gives a good explanation on this for a while


    Woohoo! Thank you very much Xneb. This is most helpful!


    Correction - the page above is without the www, it is http://basby.dk/modul1/for00.htm


    Never try to translate prepositions, it doesn't work. Learn how and when to use them in context.

    Neither the usage in English nor in Danish is consistent and logical. There is no simple mapping like "til means to and for means for".


    What I meant to say was I didn't understand how 'til' could be used in this context, but TotoroFia explained it quite well. I should also have phrased my question differently as what I really want to know is which contexts and situations should 'til' and 'for' be used for. Like a guide of some sort?

    I tried to Google it, but nothing came up, unfortunately.


    From my understanding, it's like in Swedish, one of my first languages. Just think of til being as in that context. What are you eating/having as/for dinner?


    This is very helpful. Tak!

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