Most Common English Words (no. 12)
The next word in the list is a preposition: “for“. Some of my students are confused about how to use it and it’s understandable because this word has a lot of usages.
First, it used to say “to be given to”. When used this way, the word after “for” should be the receiver of what is being given.
- There’s a present for you under the Christmas tree.
- There will be a prize for the best score in this quiz.
Next, “for” is used to mean “because of” or “as a result of” (doing something).
- She was scolded for not doing her homework.
- This restaurant is famous for their sushi.
“For” is also used to mean “instead of” or “to help”.
- Let me carry those books for you.
- Will you take care of my dog for me when I go on my trip?
“For” is also used to talk about the amount of time spent or distance covered.
- I think I need to rest for an hour.
- We walked for miles.
It is also used to say “at the time of”.
- We’re planning a party for her birthday.
- I’m getting you a bag for Christmas.
“For” also means “in relation to someone/something”
- This book is a little too easy for me.
- I have a lot of respect for people who respect others.
It can also be used to mean “representing”.
- I work for the UN.
- She carried the flag for the US during Olympics.
Finally, “for, can also be used to mean “in order to get or have”.
- We should wait for the next train.
- Please call me for more information.
The next word is the first negative word on this list. Any ideas on what it could be?