If you're chanting someone's name again and again to support them, do you chant "on them" or "for them" or is "chanting" not used in that way?

The crowd started chanting his name.

The crowd were still chanting on/for him.

  • To chant / shout / call for X would normally be understood as meaning the crowd are impatient for X to appear before them (if X is a person, an entertainer or similar), OR that they want X to be implemented (if X is a policy, say). It's not valid to use preposition on with such verbs. If X is a person who's not physically present anyway (and thus can't appear before the crowd if "called for") you can't necessarily expect for to be understood as meaning in support of. You should express that meaning explicitly, not just through a preposition. Feb 20, 2021 at 13:00

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If you mean "to sing something continuously", you can chant for/to him.

It reminded me of when I was little, and Mom chanted to me in Farsi every night before bedtime.

If you mean "to utter/shout something repeatedly", you can chant at him.

The football fans chanted insults at the referee.

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