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    Default to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Hello all users!

    I envy you for your lovely car. We all envy you for your beautiful children.

    Could the above sentences be as well written in the following manner?:

    I envy you of your lovely car. We all envy you of your beautiful children.

    I am used to seeing "envy" used with "of" rather than "for".

    Maybe there are two ways of expressing the same thought.

    Thank you.

    envy for - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    "For" would be more common/natural in AmE.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "For" would be more common/natural in AmE.
    In BrE too.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    It doesn't mean that 'of' is out of the question, does it?

    What does BE version have to say?

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    It doesn't mean that 'of' is out of the question, does it?

    What does BE version have to say?
    Something could be "the envy of" somebody.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Her long legs are the envy of the modelling world.
    His genius with mathematics is the envy of his classmates.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Is it also possible to say "I envy you your lovely car" and how does it compare to "I envy you for your lovely car"?

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Could somebody express their opinion?

    Please.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 01-May-2013 at 20:20.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Is it also possible to say "I envy you your lovely car" and how does it compare to "I envy you for your lovely car"?
    I have no problem with that construction.

    I envy you your beautiful hair.
    She envied him his ability to stay cool under pressure.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: to envy somebody for something or to envy somebody of something

    Also keep in mind that you can be envious of something, if you insist on using "of".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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