to / for

‘Please provide this information to/for Paul.’
Please correct the above.
Which is the correct preposition?

If you use ‘provide’ then you need ‘for’.
If you use ‘give’ then you would use ‘to’.

If the direct object is to be made prominent, then it will be: Please provide this information to Paul., and if the indirect object (personal name) is to be made prominent, it will be: Please provide Paul with this information.

‘to Paul’ does not work well with provide, as already stated.
Please provide this information for Paul. /Please give this information to Paul.
Please provide Paul with this information/ Please give Paul this information.

Why not? It’s common in AmE.
The definition I found is this:

What makes you say it is common in AmE?

I will concede that it is possible to use ‘to’ with certain nouns, but not with ‘information’ as in the original.

give information to …
provide information for …


  1. Please provide food/fruits to/for our guests.
  2. The store provides excellent service to/for its customers.
    Please guide me which preposition I should use in the above sentences.

As it’s often heard among Americans.


How do you know it is common among Americans?

It iis not possible to use ‘to’ correctly within the original sentence under discussion.

Your question doesn’t make sense in the light of my statement

How can one say something for certain unless one actually knows it?

My question makes sense. I presume you don’t have an answer.

May your presumption be not presumptuous!

I thought not.