What does 'For' mean in "For he's a jolly good fellow"? I hope "he's" is "he is" here? Sometimes it is difficult to understand "he's" it is "he is" or "he has".

He was picking his way across the littered, rutted market square towards it (canteen) when ragged cheers and a bellowed chorus of "For he's a jolly good fellow" from the direction of the kopje checked him.


"For" means "because" in this case. "For He's Jolly Good Fellow" is sung to congratulate someone for something. So it doesn't make sense to say that "he has a jolly good fellow." Saying that he "is" a jolly good fellow makes more sense.

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