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We use for + a period of time to say how long something goes on:

- for six years (I've lived in this house for six years.)

- for two hours (We watched television for two hours last night.) - for a week (Ann is going away for a week in September.) - Are you going away for the week-end? (You cannot use 'during' in this way).

We say 'to go/to come for a walk/ for a swim/ for a drink etc.':

- She always goes for a walk with her dog in the morning.

- After work we went to a cafe for a drink.

We say 'to have something for breakfast/for lunch/for dinner':

- What did you have for lunch?

We say 'to feel/to be sorry for someone':

- I feel sorry for George.

We say 'to be famous/responsible for something':

- The Italian city of Florence is famous for its art treasures.

- Who was responsible for all that noise last night?

We say 'a cheque for (a sum of money)':

- They sent me a cheque for USD 50.

We say 'a demand/a need for something:

- My firm closed down because there wasn't enough demand for its product.

We say 'a reason for something':

- The train was late but no-one knew the reason for the delay.

We say 'to be sorry for doing something':

- I'm sorry for shouting at you yesterday. (but it is more usual to say: I'm sorry I shouted at you yesterday.)

We say 'to apologize to someone for something':

- When I realized I was wrong, I apologized to him for my mistake.

We say 'to apply for a job/a place at university etc.':

- I think this job would suit you. Why don't you apply for it?

We say 'to care for someone/something':
i) = like something (usually in questions and negative sentences):

- Would you care for a cup of coffee? (= Would you like ...?)

- I don't care for hot weather. (= I don't like ...)

ii) = look after someone:

- She is very old. She needs someone to care for her.

We say 'to look for someone/something (= try to find)':

- I've lost my keys. Can you help me look for them?

We say 'to pay (someone) for something':

- I didn't have enough money to pay for the meal.

But: pay a bill/a fine/$50/a fare/taxes etc. (no preposition).
We say 'to search a person/a place/a bag etc. for someone/something':

- I've searched the whole house for my keys but I still can't find them.

We say 'to wait for someone/something':

- I'm not going out yet. I'm waiting for the rain to stop.

We say 'to ask (someone) for something':

- I wrote to the company asking them for more information about the job.

But: 'ask (someone) a question' (no preposition).
We say 'to blame someone/something for something:

- Everybody blamed me for the accident.

We also say: 'someone is to blame for something':

- Everybody said that I was is blame for the accident.

We say 'to leave (a place) for (another place)':

- I haven't seen her since she left home for work this morning.


Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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  • For — For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For by — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For me — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For to — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — For, conj. 1. Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything. [1913 Webster] And for of long that way had walk[ e]d none, The vault was hid with plants and bushes hoar. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] And Heaven… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — may refer to:in English language parts of speech *for, a preposition *for, a complementizer *for, a coordinatorin other uses *for loop, programming language statement *FoR, Fellowship of Reconciliation *For, Fornax constellationee also*Four …   Wikipedia

  • For- — [AS. for ; akin to D. & G. ver , OHG. fir , Icel. for , Goth. fra , cf. Skr. par[=a] away, Gr. ? beside, and E. far, adj. Cf. {Fret} to rub.] A prefix to verbs, having usually the force of a negative or privative. It often implies also loss,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FOR — may refer to* Fellowship of Reconciliation * Field of Research , a research classification scheme defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics * International Air Transport Association airport code for Pinto Martins International Airport ndash; …   Wikipedia

  • For — For, n. One who takes, or that which is said on, the affrimative side; that which is said in favor of some one or something; the antithesis of against, and commonly used in connection with it. [1913 Webster] {The fors and against}. those in favor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FOR-A — Infobox Company company name = FOR A Global company company type = Private foundation = Oct 21st, 1971 location = Tokyo, Japan key people = Keizo Kiyohara, President and Founder num employees = 200 (500 total within FOR A Group) industry = Video… …   Wikipedia

  • for — I. preposition Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Latin per through, prae before, pro before, for, ahead, Greek pro, Old English faran to go more at fare Date: before 12th century 1. a. used as a function word to indicate… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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