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    Hi all,
    I'd like to know why we use "for", not "of" in the passage below.
    I think that "of" is correct but I have seen many sentences that use for in that case.
    Using "for" makes me feel that the writer give an address for his/her friend, Harry Jackson not an address of him.
    Hi There,

    Can anyone on here help me? I am trying to get hold of an old mate of mine, Harry Jackson. I have an address for him there :


    Las Golondrinas
    Camino la Tuerta
    Cerco de la Camoneca
    Lajares 35650 La Oliva
    Fuerteventura
    Canary Isles


    If anyone can put me in touch with him it would be much appreciated. I don't expect anyone to give me any details without checking it out first, so if you could tell him Dean Townsend wants to get in touch. I just want an email address or phone number.


    Thanks and Best Regards


    Dean
    Thank you.

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    For suggests that this is where he can be reached. It is not necessarily where he lives.

    ps. I don't know why Dean is writing this letter if he has an address.
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    For suggests that this is where he can be reached. It is not necessarily where he loves.
    Thank you,
    Does this mean that "an address of him" is where he loves?
    I don'tknow why Dean is writing this letter if he has an address.

    Is it possible that the address here is where he lived and now he has been moved to other place?

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    Default Re: an address for him or an address of him

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you,
    Does this mean that "an address of him" is where he loives?
    We don't use 'address of him'; we say 'his address'

    Is it possible that the address here is where he lived and now he has been moved to other place?
    Possibly, but it still seems strange to give in full an address that is no longer of any use.
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    Default Re: an address for him or an address of him

    We use "for" a lot for contact information.

    Do you have an email address for him? = Can you give me an email address where he can be reached?
    Can you give me a phone number for him? = Can you give me his phone number? (Note, the context would tell you if this was the meaning, as there is another possible meaning for it.)
    What is the last address you have for him? = What is the most recent address you have in your files where "he" used to live?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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