Some different sentences use for in a manner distinct from the usual:

  1. I was in for a rude shock in college.
  2. You are good at it for a girl.
  3. She does it because for you.

The 3rd seems to be a bit weird.

Also, there are some sentences which seem to be missing the preposition for ,

  1. Draw (for) me some money.

The 'draw' refers to the painting.

  • Draw refers to painting ? – Cardinal Jul 5 '16 at 17:51
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    #3 is ungrammatical. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 5 '16 at 18:01
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    #3 should be either because of, or without because entirely. – Cascabel Jul 5 '16 at 18:03
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    #4 has to do with di-transitive verbs, and the placement of direct and indirect objects. – Cascabel Jul 5 '16 at 18:05
  • Anubhav, where from did you get these sentences? Does that source say these are rare uses of preposition for? I'm asking because I want to know. Last time, if I remember correctly, I think you told you were reading SP Bakshi, right? Just curious to know if this topic is from that book too, or from similar book? – Man_From_India Jul 5 '16 at 23:39

Example 1: In for is an idiom, which functions as a predicative adjective that takes an object. It means "expected to receive" - the thing to be received is usually unwelcome, but not always.

Example 2: This is the OED's meaning 27 for 'for': " 27. In proportion to, considering; considering the nature or capacity of; considering what he, she, or it is, or that he, etc. is so and so." It gives an example from 1753: " A man of an excellent character for a Lawyer."

Example 3: This is deviant. I know of no variety of English in which this is grammatical.

Example 4: This is a standard pattern for ditransitive verbs: the indirect object may either come after the direct object, with a preposition:

Draw some money for me.

or precede the direct object without a preposition:

Draw me some money.

The typical indirect object has preposition "to", but examples with "for" are very common. In fact, as in this case, a "for" phrase can be added to many predicates with benefactive sense, and this pattern is then available:

He baked a cake.

He baked a cake for me.

He baked me a cake.

  • In 'precede the direct object without a preposition:', why not a 'for' is required?Which rule? – Anubhav Singh Jul 6 '16 at 2:51
  • @AnubhavSingh read more about ditransitive and monotransitive verb. – Man_From_India Jul 6 '16 at 3:52

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