The preposition for is used in a multitude of contexts and in numerous occasions. Let’s explore them.
For Prepositional Phrases:
For a visit
For a walk
For a while
For want to
For the greater good
For God’s grace/sake
For the time being
For a change
For a position
For a good cause
For the benefit of
For the moment
For our country
For her highness/royal highness
For the symbol of
For better or worse
For a lifetime
For a reason
For his sake
For nothing = free or in vain
For a moment
For breakfast – brunch – lunch – supper – dinner
For sale – rental/hire
For fear of
For the rest of ……
For a living
For Phrasal Verbs:
Stick up for
Go back for
Get back at someone for
Grow up for
Go over for
Fend for (others – yourself)
Go out for
Sit in for
Look out for
Cry out for
Prepositions are a basic section of parts of speech. They are words that show movement from one place to another and the relationship between any two entities. There are several prepositions in English, including for, to, and from. But the most common preposition is for. “For” shows a certain type of relationship. The usage of for revolves around figuring out the reason behind the verb.
For is used to indicate one three main things:
1 – The reason behind something.
I am angry for her. The way he treated her is completely cruel and unfair.
Samuel did his best for the charity to get some additional funding.
Julie watches TV for the economic updates only.
2 – To illustrate the duration of a certain action.
I stalled that man for about an hour.
Jasmine improved her teaching skills for a long time now.
Dave implemented his latest programming skills in the app he’s been developing for the past two years.
Taylor practices his serve twice a week for an hour and a half each time.
3 – To specify the benefit of a certain effort.
Hey! Bring the salt, I need some for the sauce.
This food is for the homeless and poor.
These roses are for Lily.
Playing cards is for amusement purposes only.
Magic is for those who want to be fooled.
The preposition “for” can be combined with verbs to form phrasal verbs or added to nouns to form prepositional phrases.
In the English language, there are many words that are exchangeable and can be used interchangeably most of the time. However, English learners tend to overextend the allowed jurisdiction of interchangeability. This happens particularly with “for” since it is extremely mixed up with prepositions of time. Also, you have to pay attention not mix from with form for the latter is not a preposition at all.