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For questions about the usage and meaning of the word "for".

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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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make + object + complement + for sb to do sth

Alexander's efforts to unite all of the Scots, and his concern for their welfare, made him the standard for his successors to emulate. I think 'made him the standard' means definition 11-13. Then ...
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ability for V-ing?

Normally, the noun "ability" is followed by a to-infinitive, as in "ability to sing." But I have seen someone define the noun "faculty" as "a particular ability for doing something." I'd like to know ...
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“made him” or “made for him”

Ann made (for) him a cup of tea. He drank the tea Ann had made (for) him. Are both sentences correct, with or without "for? If yes, is there any difference in register?
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For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son?

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the ...
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With or without “for”?

I have ordered for a cup of tea Or I have ordered a cup of tea Which one is correct and why?
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How is “for” used in “Having such a famous man for a father…” ?

Having such a famous man for a father must have had an effect on Jason's childhood. In this sentence I can't understand how for is used. I haven't read such a sentence before so I find it difficult ...
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The meaning(s) of “for” [closed]

I wonder what the meaning(s) of "for"s in the following sentences/phrases are. I have a lot of homework for tomorrow. I have a lot of homework for English. The schedule for next week. What are we ...
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I go to cafes to study or for studying? [closed]

I want to say, I often go to coffee shops and study there because the background noises makes me feel somewhat comfortable and help me focus. 'I like to go to cafes to study/for studying/for study.' ...
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for YOUR information & for YOU information? [closed]

Why don't we interpret FYI as “information for you” or “for-you information”? As a matter of fact, I don't understand the “for your” in FYI. P.S. I've already checked the dictionary before asking. So ...
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For or Since or Nothing

Following situation is given: Sue has been in France for the last three weeks. I have to repeat this sentence using, "She went ...", I would say something like this: "She went to France three ...
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so many means of “for” how to distinguish?

There's so many meanings for "for" If somebody uses a short sentence and you also don't have the context how do you understand? Example, when you say "jump for joy", how do you distinguish: "jump ...
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“Let's call such terms for properties” or “Let's call such terms properties”

I have run into some doubt in the exact wording when formulating definitions in English sentences. Which of these sentences are correct? Let's call such terms for properties Let's call such ...
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Not winning the competition was disappointing to/for us

Not winning the competition was disappointing to us. The above sentence is correct, but it kept me wondering if we can use 'for' instead of 'to'. (source: courses.edx.org)
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Substituting for

I had that sentence: Tablets and phones are substituting laptops in many tasks Someone corrected me and added "for" Tablets and phones are substituting for laptops in many tasks I do not ...
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Mentors IN business vs. Mentors FOR business

Which of the following options is correct? Mentors in business or Mentors for business
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Should I should use 'to' or 'for' in the following sentence?

Could you please provide admin credentials to me and Sandy for feel free to add a new user or change? and the second one Could you please provide admin credentials to us for feel free to add a new ...
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Can I use prepositions 'in' and 'for' interchangebly in this context? [duplicate]

Question: Which option is right. In case if both are right- for which case the using is more appropriate or I can use them interchangeably in some cases? . 1) IN or/and FOR I haven't seen him ...
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Can I use past continuous with 'for'?

a. Jane had been studying for 5 hours when her parents came home. b. Jane was studying for 5 hours when her parents came home. I think 'a' is ok, but what about 'b'? As a non-native, I wonder 'b' ...
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Difference in the meaning between “Life has changed for all of us” and “Life has changed all of us”?

What is the difference in the meaning between "Life has changed for all of us" and "Life has changed all of us" ? Does "Life has changed for all of us" mean "Because of all of us, Life has changed" ? ...
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“sending the file for you to take a look at” or sending the file to take a look at"

I am trying to send a file through the email. The person who is receiving the file will review the file. Is First, I am sending you the file for you to take a look at. or First, I am sending you ...
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what does “for the night” mean? Can i say “at night” instead of “for the night”?

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night. What does "for the night" mean? Can I say "at night" instead of "for the night"?
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Do you have another job 'to' me? VS Do you have another job 'for' me?

Which one is grammatical correct sentence? Do you have another job to me? Or Do you have another job for me?
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For … since : simple past, present perfect and present perfect continuous

In which cases we use the expressions with " for and since" in simple past, present perfect and present perfect continuous? ex: for I've been waiting for two hours. We haven't seen each other for a ...
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missing preposition 'for' before time

When can we omit 'for' before time noun ? In below examples, the preposition 'for' is omitted before a time frame is specified. In the afternoon we drive 20 minutes to the Eden Project. We ...
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What is the correct use of “to and for”? [closed]

What is the correct question."Do you want to buy the dress tomorrow for you mom? or Do you want to buy the dress tomorrow to your mom? - What is the correct sentence? tks
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Is the use of “for ages” correct?

Vietnamese culture has existed for ages. Is the use of "for ages" correct in this sentence? In OALD, "ages" is an informal word. If so, I think the phrase "for ages" should not be used in this ...
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Meaning of “She sang when I ate . . .” in terms of time

Suppose I ate from 7:00am to 7:30am. If I then say: She sang when I ate. What time did she start singing? If I said: She sang when I ate for 30 minutes. What time did she ...
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Difference between prepositions for and of

Is this the last exam of you guys? Is this the last exam for you guys? Could you explain which sentence is correct?
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for + noun/pronoun + infinitive

Given The aim is that we should learn English in six months. I need to use for + noun/pronoun + infinitive to rewrite it, but I couldn't do it. My attempts were The aim for us is to learn ...
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The meaning of “for gerund”

Earlier this week, I asked a question on this website about the meaning of "for gerund". I asked what "I earn money for buying drugs." meant, and one user answered that it meant "I earn money for the ...
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The use of the preposition “for”

A. The point of this exercise is for you to find someone to be friends with. A1. What does "for you" mean here? A2. Can you replace it with " The point of this exercise is you finding someone to be ...
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I'd like to fully understand how to use 'too..to..' sentence pattern

I'd like to fully understand how to use 'too..to..' sentence pattern. Here are 2 examples. You are too pretty to be my girlfriend, because I'm ugly. You are too pretty for me to ask out, ...
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What is the grammar of “for A to be considered B, …”?

I see some sentences like the below: In order for food to be considered raw, it must not have been heated over 46°C (115°F). For a person to be considered a suspect case of Ebola, they must ...
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How to parse “It might be possible for a single woman to be accepted as a foster parent”?

It might be possible for a single woman to be accepted as a foster parent. I have two explanations: (1) (A single woman to be accepted as a foster parent) might be possible. = That a single woman ...
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Subject of Infinitives for or to?

It is impossible for me to finish this work. It is impossible to me to finish this work. Are both sentences correct? (Or in the real world are both sentences spoken or written?) Or is the only ...