0

"I appreciate for your status update"

vs

"I appreciate the update"

The latter may sound more normal but when grading someone's writing, what are the technicalities that I can use to explain why the first one is a little off?

  • 4
    “Appreciate” is a transitive verb- it requires a direct object. Using “for” doesn’t make sense here. – Mixolydian Mar 26 '19 at 3:24
  • @Mixolydian's comment is the whole of the answer. The particular kinds of object or complement a verb takes are part of the dictionary entry for that verb, and have to be learnt. They cannot be worked out by logic, meaning, or analogy. – Colin Fine Dec 25 '19 at 16:08
1

Both sentences are OK (provided you delete the "for": appreciate for... is not OK).

So:

"I appreciate your status update"

and

"I appreciate the update"

are equally OK. The following is OK too:

"I appreciate the status update".

The only difference between them is the amount of information contained, related to "update": the "your" and the "status".

One or another may prove better, depending on context.

| improve this answer | |

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.