Monday, August 25, 2008

The difference between 'cater for' and 'cater to'

The phrasal verb 'cater for' means 'provide what is needed by someone' whereas 'cater to' carries the meaning of 'try to satisfy a need, especially an unpopular or generally unaccepted need.'

The following examples will make meanings of the two phrasal verbs clear to readers:
1 The kindergarten caters for young children living in the vicinity.
2 The cough mixture containing codeine caters to the need of drug addicts who can't afford to buy heroin.

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