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I've been wondering for a while which one is correct "typical of" or "typical for". When you look it up in dictionaries they will give you "typical of". But I've come across "typical for" in newspapers and on the Internet. I have also read that "typical of" is more common in the American Corpus. What would be your opinion?
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"The Miami Valley has experienced high pollen levels on several days in recent weeks, but overall area pollen counts are typical for this time of year according to the Regional Air Pollution Agency." I guess "typical of" might well fit in this context?
"Not wanting to speak English to foreigners is typical for/of French people."?
What would be the difference? I don't have a single dictionary that says "typical for".
I concur with bhaisahab. They're not always interchangeable.
"The painting is a little a-typical for Van Gogh because of the many people appearing on it but also very typical because of the prominent role for the mill."
But he added that other elements of the the work, with its bright colours lathered roughly on the canvas, was typical of Van Gogh's style at the time he was living in Paris.
BBC - arts and culture
Are they interchangeable here? If they are, could you give some examples when they're not?
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