Learn the English preposition FOR (Video + natural examples!)

wait for somethingCarl’s waiting for his friend, he should be here soon.
look for somethingI can’t find my earring! Can you help me look for it?
for can show purposeAre you learning English for pleasure or for work?
for can show a causeShe gave me a bag for my birthday.
we use for to receive somethingCall this number for more information.

Learn the English preposition FOR in this post. I’ll teach you 4 ways we use this preposition with lots of natural example sentences, that are very common and easy to remember. Some example sentences are basic and others are more advanced. This post can be helpful for any level, and it can help you get to your next level.

Learn the meaning of and use the English preposition FOR like a native speaker! 

Learn the English preposition FOR

According to Englishclub.com for is the fourth most commonly used preposition. 

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary lists 20 uses for the preposition FOR!

Using this preposition correctly will increase your conversation ability and your confidence to talk with native speakers.

Learn the English preposition FOR

FOR has many uses as a preposition! Let’s start with one of the more common uses. 

1. We wait for something…

We can wait for somebody or something:

We can wait for somebody or something.

The cafe is busy today! I have to wait for a seat.

Carl’s waiting for his friend, he should be here soon.

They finally built a new bus shelter on Queen Street. Now I don’t have to get wet waiting for the bus in the rain.

OR ~ We can wait for something to happen:

Learn the English preposition FOR
We can wait for something to happen.

Wait for the light to change before you cross the street.

I want to go to lunch, but I’m waiting for a phone call from my customer.

Jill bought a new iPhone, I’m waiting for the price to go down before I get one.  

2. To look for something means to search or try to find something

look for something meaning

All my friends from university are still looking for a job, I’m lucky to be working.

Aaron is looking for a black sport coat, size 40 regular.

I can’t find my earring! Can you help me look for it?

3. For can be used to show purpose or function

Learn the English preposition FOR
For can be used to show purpose or function.

Are you learning English for pleasure or for work?
(What’s the purpose of your English study?)

Let’s go for a walk! (The purpose of going out is to take a walk)

What did you do that for? = Why did you do that?

Wadjya do that for?

What did you do that for? = Why did you do that? Pronunciation

In natural spoken English the phrase “What did you” becomes “Wadjya” when spoken at native speed.

4. We use for to show a reason or a cause

Learn the English preposition FOR
We use for to show a reason or a cause.

She gave me a bag for my birthday.
( The reason she gave me the bag is because it was my birthday)

He got an award for bravery.
(He got the award because he’s brave) 

BONUS – Here’s a 5th way we can use the preposition FOR

5. We can also use for – to receive something

Call this number for more information.
(To receive more information)

Thanks Roger, I can always count on you for help. 
(I can depend on your help, I can always receive your help)

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~ You can find an English preposition list on sites like Wikipedia, but lists are not as helpful as listening to natural preposition sentences, with real preposition usage and common preposition examples. Use the video at the top of this page for listening practice, and use the time after you hear the sentence to repeat it and practice your speaking and pronunciation! Check out the English Grammar Connection for more study tips! HERE

Thanks to these sites for help with this post!
https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/for_1?q=For
https://www.englishclub.com/

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