Apply to vs Apply for

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What is the difference between apply to and apply for?

Do you find prepositions confusing? Do you sometimes wonder which preposition to use, unsure of its effect on meaning? You are not alone.
In the article below, you will learn the difference between “apply to” and “apply for,” and you will learn how to correct this common grammar error.

Rules and Examples

RULE: Use apply to to say WHERE you are applying and use apply for to say the PURPOSE of your application.

EXAMPLE: You could apply to the hospital. Send your CV and apply for a job.

INCORRECT: I will apply for another university if I don’t get accepted by my first choice.

CORRECT: I will to apply to another university if I don’t get accepted by my first choice.

INCORRECT: You can apply to the job online.

CORRECT: You can apply for the job online.

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