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Which should be used in the following sentence either of or for

The commission set-up to submit a report about the reasons for/ of the fall in educational standards could not complete its work even after two years.

  • Have you consulted a dictionary or similar resource? This might help you. (There are other issues with the sentence you quoted FYI) – JMB Jun 15 at 10:24
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For : shows reason/purpose/utility/duration of time

  • A school for studying history.
  • I answered for him.
  • It's time for us to go.

of : shows a link/belonging/relation

  • I met a friend of Mary's.
  • A panel of experts.
  • You had plenty of time

Try these:

Sam has been taking care ___ her ___ nearly a year now.

Sam has been taking care of her for nearly a year now.

Did Harry think ___ her that way?

Did Harry think of her that way?

He wants one ___ his own.

He wants one of his own.

Answer

The commission set-up to submit a report about the reasons for the fall in educational standards could not complete its work even after two years.

Here, for could be used if the report submitted concerns about the reason behind the fall in educational standards

Hope this helps!

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If the commission was set up to inquire into why educational standards had fallen it would be inquiring into the reasons for the fall. Other possibilities are "reasons behind the fall" and "reasons why educational standards fell". If the commission explained why its work was not completed its explanation would show the reasons of the commission for taking so long.

The words "reasons of" need to relate to a person or body, but instead of a person or body your sentence has "the fall in educational standards", and this does not fit.

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