In Longman online English dictionary I saw a sentence:

We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.

What is the meaning of for they will surely here?

Is it somehow linked to for sure?

Thank you in advance.

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    Just as a side note: We are lost here doesn't mean they don't know where they are, or are misplaced, it means they are dead (or will be once they've been torn to pieces).
    – Smock
    Aug 7, 2019 at 9:10

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"For they will surely..." means that they will definitely do whatever action is mentioned in the phrase. In this case, they will definitely "tear us to pieces..."

You are correct in suggesting that this is related to "For Sure" in terms of meaning.

Side Note, but the reason this phrase may be confusing to new English Speakers is because of the strange placement of "for." I can't think of the exact way to describe it, but it is common to hear phrases like these in overly dramatic scripts or older literature.

Another Example: "Anita could not return to England, for she had lost her passport"

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    Could you give me another example Aug 7, 2019 at 2:53
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    "Anita could not return to England, for she had lost her passport" It isn't the sort of English you may hear every day, but it is grammatically correct English nonetheless.
    – Aryaman
    Aug 7, 2019 at 2:58

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