- I am preparing for the meeting.
- I am preparing the meeting.
Which of the above sentences is correct?
If you are preparing for the meeting you are a participant of the meeting.
If you are preparing the meeting you are the one in charge. You are the organizer of the meeting.
- I am preparing for the wedding.
- I am preparing the wedding.
What’s the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
If you are preparing for an event you are a participant of that event.
If you are preparing an event you are organizing the event. You are in charge of it.
Preparing for the wedding sounds ordinary. I’m not sure what preparing the wedding means.
Preparing the wedding - this means doing the preparations, such as scheduling the location, inviting guests, etc.
Preparing for the wedding - this might mean that you personally are getting ready to go to the wedding - such as getting dressed, buying a present, etc. It might also mean the same as “Preparing the wedding”. You would normally know by the context which it means.
So one means preparing the event itself. The other means preparing yourself to go.
I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of preparing a meeting or wedding. I would commonly say organizing a meeting or organizing a wedding.
I could prepare for a meeting by writing a presentation or sharpening a pencil.