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    Default For the winter, they are busy...?

    Can one rewrite this sentence "They are busy collecting food for the winter" like this : "For the winter, they are busy collecting food."

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    Default Re: For the winter, they are busy...?

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    Can one rewrite this sentence "They are busy collecting food for the winter" like this : "For the winter, they are busy collecting food."
    No, you can't do that. It's not colloquial, and it tends to make the sentence mean something different - "For the duration of winter, they are busy collecting food". That is, "They are collecting food during winter" - which is not the original meaning.
    Similarly the following is strange: "For charity, we are collecting money."

    However, if you're making a comparison, it sometimes works:
    "For Mary, I'm buying a dress, and for Peter, I'm getting a new tie."
    "For the summer she went to Brighton, then for autumn she stayed in London." (Note this means 'during', not "in preparation for".)

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