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Regarding c'est pour toi and c'est à toi: I've heard people saying both, and I want to know which one to use.

It also seems to me like pour and à can conflict. Can anyone clear out when exactly we need to use pour and à, other than the fact, we can use à for places?

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  • C'est pour toi ” means “it's for you.”
  • C'est à toi ” means¹ “it's yours”, or¹ sometimes “it's your turn” (to play, or to do anything else).

This thread is of interest, and seems to suggest you're trying to translate the english “to”, and has many links expanding on “basically it's a huge question”. That gives:

À is a very important French preposition. Its many different meanings and uses in French include all of the following:

  • Location or destination
  • Distance
  • Manner, style, or characteristic
  • Possession
  • Purpose or use
  • etc.

The French preposition pour usually means “for,” but has a few other possible meanings as well. It can be followed by a noun, pronoun, or infinitive, and can be used to indicate all of the following:

  • Purpose / Intention
  • In favor of
  • Point of view
  • In place of / In exchange for
  • etc.

1 : Arguably, that's still the turn that's yours, so whe're still talking about possession, but oh, well.

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Depending on context - which is lacking in the question - c'est à toi can mean "it's your turn (to play)". –  Laure Nov 4 '12 at 7:28
    
I agree with Laure; I was about to answer that the sentence C'est à toi de repondre for example means "It's up to you / your turn to answer". –  Paola Nov 5 '12 at 13:34
    
@Paola Laure: I hope this is clearer now. –  Nikana Reklawyks Nov 5 '12 at 15:07
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