1

The following piece is from Crash Course US history. It is at 6 minute and 40 second.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.

I can understand the sentence; what I cannot get is the use of the preposition for in there. Wouldn't the sentence sound grammatically well on its own.

1

"For" can mean "because", especially in texts written in literary style:

Yet this abundant issue seemed to me
But hope of orphans, and unfathered fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute.
(Shakespeare)

Hence,

Because, no matter where we look, there is some work to be done.

This sentence justifies a previously made statement. From the full text of Obama's speech:

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For ("because") everywhere we look, there is work to be done.

We must pick ourselves up and begin with the work, because there is some work to be done in all directions.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.