"He's very active for a man approaching 80".

This sentence has been taken from Cambridge Dictionary. To know the meaning of "approach" I searched in this dictionary and I found this sentence. Who is active? The man whose age is near to 80? Or other person who want to help the old person?


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A special use of the preposition 'for'!

OALD entry #12:

for: considering what can be expected from somebody/something

Do you get it now?

When we are nearing 80, our activeness is likely to be reduced. But, he's quite active that you don't expect it at that age.

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