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apply for / to


apply for / to
Hi there,
First of all thanks to those who helped me out with my last request. I much appreciate your help and time.
I have always thought that the verb "apply" is followed by the preposition "for". These day, while reading some articles I have found sentences such as: "He said he had sent out hundreds of CVs and applied TO over 70 different jobs but ..."  Can "for" be used instead of "to"? I have checked my dictionary and it says they are both acceptable. If so, are there any subtle differences in meaning? Are both commonly used in everyday English?

3 Feb 2016      


I m not 100% sure, but I have a feeling this may be the difference between US and British English.  
In the US, we say "apply FOR". But I m pretty sure I ve heard my British coworkers say "apply TO".  
In the US, we also say "resume ". I m fairly certain "CV" is more British.
Hope this helps.  

3 Feb 2016     

United States

In the US we use both to and for. 
We apply for a job or a position at a certain company.
We apply to universitites for admittance.
We even say I applied at McDonalds and Starbucks for a job. 
In the business world resume is the standard word, but at the university CV is more common, I believe. 

3 Feb 2016     

United Kingdom

Mary is right - you apply to a company for a job. 
...Applied to over 70 different jobs sounds wrong to me. You apply to 70 different companies, but you apply FOR a job/post/position.  

3 Feb 2016     


Apply TO an institution 
Apply FOR something you can obtain (job, benefit, place on a course etc) 

4 Feb 2016