I search somewhere for something I want to find. So I search my house for my keys. What about a query I type in the search bar?

I search "what is ve day" on Google


I search for "what is ve day" on Google

  • The main problem I see in your examples is that the verb search should be in the past - searched. Of the two you gave, I would prefer the second. If I were to start from scratch, I would probably go with I searched for "ve day" in my browser or I tried searching for "ve day" on DuckDuckGo or even I did a web search for "ve day".
    – user114352
    May 9, 2020 at 2:08

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Personally, whenever I explain a search query verbatim to someone, I don't use "for":

I searched "How old is Leonardo DiCaprio" on Google...

Essentially, I'm treating the full search like direct speech.

When one merely states the topic/person/object that they searched for, I feel like without the word "for," the sentence doesn't seem quite right.

I searched for cat images on Google.

I searched for Leonardo Dicaprio's age on Google.

Maybe this is governed by personal preference; I'm not too sure.

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