Is "for" used correctly in the following sentence from CNN?

Unvaccinated people will eventually face a maximum fine of 3,600 euro ($4,000) for up to four times a year if they are not on the vaccine register by their assigned vaccination date.

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I don't think the use is wrong, but the sentence would be better with
...for up to four times a year...
replaced by
...as many as four times a year...

  • But consider "John has been to the museum for four times." Is it okay too?
    – Apollyon
    Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 9:48
  • No, a native speaker would just say four times. For would be more likely in, for example, he's been at the museum for two hours. But for can be used with times meaning instances - for the nth time, for all the times he's been at the museum, for the third and last time... Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 10:00
  • By the same logic, the "for" in the OP sentence should be removed, shouldn't it?
    – Apollyon
    Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 10:14
  • As I see it, it can be removed, but with the original wording, it gets harder to read. Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 10:51

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