Learn English – which preposition is correct ? “to” or “for” ? and Why


I would like to know why we must use the preposition "to" instead of "for" in the following sentence

Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?

Best Answer

You wouldn't.

The correct version is:

Is there a loophole in some of these requirements?

See the example sentences here, and here.

The word loophole originally referred to a real hole. Hole occur in things, not to or for things. (Although in fairness it should be said that sometimes prepositions in English are pretty arbitrary.)

Obviously there are sentences in which 'to' can be used with loophole, but they have a different meaning, such as:

He used a loophole to avoid paying his taxes.