We’re sure you find yourself making all kinds of plans, being as popular as you are. So, you must be used to having to schedule and reschedule your various social meetings all day long.
But is it correct to say “reschedule to” or “reschedule for”? Read on to find out!
Reschedule To or Reschedule For – Which Is Correct?
Both “reschedule to” and “reschedule for” are correct. “Reschedule to” emphasizes that whatever was scheduled is being moved to a new date. “Reschedule for” can have a broader range of meanings and can be used to set out the purpose of rescheduling, e.g., “rescheduling for convenience’s sake”.
As is often the case in English, there are no hard and fast rules for which prepositions should be used when we’re talking about rescheduling. It seems to be more of a personal preference, and, usually, “to” and “for” can be used interchangeably:
- Correct: The meeting is rescheduled to Wednesday.
- Correct: The meeting is rescheduled for Wednesday.
However, there are some contexts where “reschedule to” cannot be used in place of “reschedule for”. Consider the example above:
- Correct: We will reschedule for convenience’s sake.
- Incorrect: We will reschedule to convenience’s sake.
Now you can see the subtle differences between these otherwise interchangeable prepositions. “Reschedule to” is not appropriate if you are explaining the reason for rescheduling.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines “reschedule” as “to agree on a new and later date for something to happen”. The preposition “to” implies that the thing that was scheduled is being moved from one day to another. It denotes a change of position.
As such, “rescheduled to” can be used if you know that a meeting, for example, is being moved from one time or day to another time or day, thereby changing its position on, say, a calendar. Let’s look at a few examples to illustrate this point:
- He rescheduled to Monday last minute. Typical.
- I’ve rescheduled to another time so I can make it to Anna’s recital.
- Can we reschedule to tomorrow?
- I’d rather reschedule to a Friday, as I have mornings off.
The preposition “for” is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “having the purpose of” or “towards; in the direction of”.
“Rescheduled for” can therefore have multiple meanings. On one hand, it could mean that something was rescheduled for a particular purpose:
- We’re going to have to reschedule for the rest of the group to catch up.
As you can see, “for” here is used to indicate the reason or purpose behind rescheduling.
“Reschedule for” can also mean that something is being rescheduled towards a certain future date. It is, therefore, also showing a change in position and can be used in the same manner as “rescheduled to”:
- We’ll need to reschedule for next week, as the pool is being shut down for cleaning this week.
- Would you mind if we rescheduled for tomorrow?
- The meeting is rescheduled for Monday.
“Reschedule to” and “reschedule for” are both correct and can often be used interchangeably. Both suggest that a plan is being moved further away or changing its position on a calendar.
However, “rescheduled for” has a broader range of uses, as it can also suggest that something is being rescheduled for a particular purpose, e.g., “We will have to reschedule for a number of reasons”.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.