Hello, 

In my area (in the UK) we regularly use 'for' as a preposition of time. For example, "Could you finish this for 5?" (as in, "Could you finish this by 5?"), a non-native English speaker corrected me and said 'for' can't be used as a preposition of time. I have tried to research this, but it seems like it's something that isn't technically correct. So, I'm wondering if this is just a dialect quirk of where I live, if it's a British English thing, or if this is actually correct but isn't widely taught. If anyone had any solid evidence either way, that'd be great, as I'm really interested. 

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Hello, Lauraaliali, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

I don't think the difference between "for" and "by" in adverbials of time indicating deadlines is a BrE/AmE issue.

Both are correct but slightly different. While "for" introduces the due date on which some task needs to be completed, "by" means "no later than":

- Could you finish this for 5? ( Delivery is expected to take place at 5.)

- Could you finish this by 5? (Delivery is expected to take place anytime no later than 5, or at 5 at the latest.)

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