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Do you want bacon and eggs for breakfast?

I'm not sure about the meaning of for here. So I just found this explanation from the Collins dictionary:

If you do something for a particular occasion, you do it on that occasion or to celebrate that occasion.

Can this be used to explain the 'for' above?

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  • It's not listed by Collins, but 'have [a type of food] for [a meal]' is a very common use of 'for'. What shall we have for tea today? Dec 16, 2020 at 13:34
  • Merriam-Webster has this: 2 a as being or constituting, with the example, eggs for breakfast
    – gotube
    Nov 24, 2021 at 18:10
  • for is always a preposition.
    – Lambie
    Apr 8, 2022 at 13:15

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Although the examples given in the Collins definition are of holidays/celebratory occasions, this also applies to everyday "occasions" including rituals such as meals.

"For" is the normal way to associate a kind of food with a particular meal (or part of a meal) in which it is eaten:

  • What are you having for breakfast/dessert?

Just as breakfast may involve different foods on different days, regular homework assignments in a class differ in their specific contents:

  • For your homework today, read chapter 3.
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Yes you can use that expression to explain the for in that sentence.

In this case:

Do you want bacon and eggs for breakfast?

In this sentence the for involves that you are doing bacon and eggs for the particular occasion of that breakfast, because I will assume that "you" don't normally eat bacon and eggs at breakfast, so it is actually a "special occasion".

Or you can interpret that for breakfast as only a single breakfast, so just in that specific occasion(that breakfast) you will eat bacon and eggs

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    It doesn't imply a special occasion - we might just as easily say "I only had toast for breakfast". Dec 16, 2020 at 13:36
  • exactly! But in this case you eat bacon and eggs in a specific occasion: breakfast
    – Liiuc
    Dec 16, 2020 at 15:45
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    But not a special occasion - you might have it for breakfast every day! Dec 16, 2020 at 15:49
  • I agree with you, in this case it might not be a special occasion. I think that in this sentence the for will better suits this part of the explenation by the dictionary: "you do it on that occasion" (in that specific breakfast that might not be a special one)
    – Liiuc
    Dec 16, 2020 at 15:52

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