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I will use a specific example. I was trying to write "My love for you is hurting me."

"私の愛ために貴方は私を傷つけている。" Is what I came up with, however, I am unsure about the usage of "ために" in this situation.

And if it is incorrect, what would be the correct way to say "for"?

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愛ため is definitely wrong both for syntactic and semantic reasons. I think that 私のあなたへの愛 would be a literal translation of "my love for you", but I doubt its elegance. –  Earthliŋ May 11 '13 at 23:08
    
ために was the only thing I can find for "for" in my dictionary, so I had to try with that, heh. I see. Well, elegance doesn't really concern me, so it is a viable choice- I suppose it can be used in other situations where "my x for you" is being stated, right? –  ShiroiJiji May 11 '13 at 23:51
    
When you use ために with a noun, you usually put the particle between them, like 愛のために. –  snailboat May 12 '13 at 5:41
    
ために is more like "for the purpose of" or "for the sake of". For expressions like "my love for you", you need something closer to "towards" (which could be へ or への as others suggested). –  firtree May 12 '13 at 6:46
    
I see. Ah, so that's why "へ" is added. Thank you, both of you. –  ShiroiJiji May 12 '13 at 12:20

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Like user1205935 said, 私のあなたへの愛、 or あなたへの私の愛、 or あなたに対する私の愛 seems to be the translation. In my experience, things like "for you" get turned into statements of possession. The only other case I can think of is when thanking someone for something- you don't even use の, it just turns into 何何~ ありがとう。 為に is more along the lines of for the purpose, implying some end in mind- which in this case doesn't make sense.

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Sorry, this was my first time ever answering something online. –  Anthony May 12 '13 at 0:34
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Why do you apologize? –  Earthliŋ May 12 '13 at 0:35
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あなたへの私の愛 sounds the best to me, and that answers my primary question, but I must ask this too- why is "へ" added? (And much gratitude for answering my question.) –  ShiroiJiji May 12 '13 at 0:58
    
I thought the quality was iffy. –  Anthony May 12 '13 at 1:00

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