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He had lost a ring in the sand and (a)/ I helped him search for it, (b)/ but it was like a look for a needle in a haystack. (c)/ No error (d)

In book , it says to remove for in (b)??? But Why??

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The book is not correct, unless it is referring to searching the sand. (Which is not how a native speaker would say it.)

What changes meaning is the word “it”. If the for is in the sentence then “it” would mean the ring, without “for” then ”it” refers to the sand

I hope that isn’t too confusing.

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