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    Default secure for? why not "secure"?

    Dear teachers,
    I read an article today and I met the following sentence:
    ... ;but very few among these are seriously concerned to secure for all the advantages which they seek for themselves.
    "secure" here is used to mean "protect". I cannot understand why "secure" is followed by "for". I looked up the dictionary and found secure is a vt. and the word "for" is not necessary. I can not find a example sentence which uses "secure for".
    Why?
    Bythe way, this sentence is from Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism. You can google it.
    Looking forward to your help.
    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: secure for? why not "secure"?

    The "for" does not go closely with "secure" but with "all" (meaning "everybody").

    Paraphrase: few people are worried about securing the advantages (which they seek for themselves) for everybody.

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    Default Re: secure for? why not "secure"?

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    The "for" does not go closely with "secure" but with "all" (meaning "everybody").

    Paraphrase: few people are worried about securing the advantages (which they seek for themselves) for everybody.
    I am puzzled by your explanation.
    according to your paraphrase, everybody's advantages are the same as the advantages which they seek for themselves. How can it be?

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    Default Re: secure for? why not "secure"?

    I know it now!
    secure here means "acquire", thus it makes sense: Very few people make efforts and get advantages(interests, power, privilege), but they don't care other people and are not worried about acquiring these advantages for everybody.
    Am I right?

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    Default Re: secure for? why not "secure"?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    I am puzzled by your explanation.
    according to your paraphrase, everybody's advantages are the same as the advantages which they seek for themselves. How can it be?
    I don't think so.
    Here's another paraphrase:
    Very few among these who are seriously concerned to secure the advantages for themselves are also concerned to secure the advantages for others (for all).
    Few of those who want the advantages for themselves also want them for all.
    Few is a negative. It means "Most of those who want the advantages for themselves don't care about whether others get those advantages".

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