I spoke to him kindly____ him.
A. not to frighten
B. so as not to frighten
C. in order to not frighten
D. for not frightening
The correct answer is B, but I can't figure out why D is not correct. Can
someone help me out?
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I spoke kindly for not frightening him
It's ambiguous. This could either mean:
Context can't help too much because of ...
For usually expresses duration if the X in X for Y is a verb or phrase. So it's unexpected that you use another meaning of for (expressing purpose or intended consequence) here.