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I was seeking for a funny pun because it was for a grade.

I'm confused because I think the sentence is correct, but Grammarly says the for between seeking and a is unnecessary. Is this true? Why is that?

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    The verb seek in this context means to look for. When you add the word for after it, you're essentially saying "I was looking for for..." I don't know off the top of my head a specific grammatical explanation as to why for isn't necessary here, but that's just my thought process when I look at your sentence. Hopefully that provides some clarity.
    – Kman3
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 2:55
  • Because it was is superfluous. Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 9:51

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I was seeking for a funny pun because it was for a grade.

The first 'for' is wrong. We say "looking for", but not "seeking for". This is because you can look at something, look in something etc, but the relationship to the object is already tacit in the meaning of 'seeking' so it does not need the preposition.

You should instead say either:

  • I was seeking a funny pun
  • I was looking for a funny pun

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