How to use "For"?
Posted by Issa and Published on Mar 16, 2012
For is a preposition mainly used to express one’s purpose, as shown in the following examples:
- Yoruzuya will do anything for money.
- He has been training rigorously for the tournament.
- Each kid has their own back pack containing their food for the trip.
When for is followed by persons or animals, it means they are the intended recipient. Consider these sentences:
- Susie bought a trap for the pesky mice.
- Thelma made a gorgeous wedding gown for her sister.
At times we see for after verbs like run, set out, start, head, and leave, to express intended destination. Examine below sentences:
- My boss left for Canada.
- The band set out for their Asian tour at the start of April 2011.
Less frequently, for is used to express a motive or psychological cause, similar to the meaning of the phrase out of. Check out below sentences:
- She broke up with her boyfriend, for fear of what her parents would say.
- Unpaid Sri Lankan cricketers were playing for love of the game.
Expressions like for nothing and for free are commonly used in informal conversations. See more examples:
- A gentleman offered to fix my car for nothing.
- He gave me a pair of shoes for free.