Learn English – What’s the better preposition to use with “love” — “love for” or “love of”


He had always had a fond love of literature.

Love of something or love for something? What's the correct preposition to be used with love, in the above context?

Best Answer

It's not an either-or situation. You can use either preposition.

Love of money is the root of all evil.

The Love for Three Oranges (opera by S. Prokofiev)

I have nothing but love for my children.

"For the love of God, why would you say such a thing!"

Note: "of" may be used to express that the object of the preposition is the thing that loves, as in the last example above. You could say something like "I would do anything for the love of a good woman," meaning that you want to get her love (as well as, presumably, to give it).