For – part 1

We can sometimes use for + ing to talk about the purpose of a thing. When we do, it means the same as to + infinitive.

  • What is that for? It is for opening envelopes
  • This bell is for calling the waiter.
  • This bell is to call the waiter.

When we talk about the purpose of somebody’s actions, we cannot use for + ing.

  • I went there to ask for help.
  • To get tickets, you will have to queue for hours.

However, it is sometimes possible to use for + noun for this.

  • I went there for help.
  • You will have to queue for hours for tickets.

We can also use for + object + infinitive to talk about a purpose.

  • I gave her a notebook for her to write down new English words she found.
  • They sent a form for me to sign.

We also use the pattern for + object + infinitive in sentences after is or was.

  • The plan is for us to get to Barcelona by lunchtime.
  • The objective was for them to get the work finished by the end of last month..

We can add details to a noun by using the pattern for + object + infinitive

  • That is an expensive place for them to stay.
  • There is a lot of work for us to do.
  • There is no need for you to be so aggressive.

We also use the pattern for + object + infinitive after certain verbs and adjectives.

  • I am waiting for him to make the first move.
  • I have arranged for you to see the bank manager tomorrow morning.
  • We are keen for you to take the job.
  • I think it would be good for you to take a break now.

7 thoughts on “For – part 1”

  1. Hello, Mr Brown. Many thanks for your lessons. I would like to know what the right passive form of this sentence is: Some of them are wearing coloured tights.

  2. Hello Mr.Brown,

    Thank you so.. much for the lessons. could you send me some lessons that how to use “which” for the sentences.

    your support would be highly appreciated.


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