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    it was too heavy to pull for him
    it was too heavy for him to pull.

    are both the sentences correct .

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    They are, but the second sounds a bit more natural to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    it was too heavy to pull for him
    it was too heavy for him to pull.

    are both the sentences correct .
    The latter one, "It was too heavy for him to pull" is best. The reason has to do with semantics (i.e. meaning). The word 'him' tells us for whom 'it' was too heavy, as well as who couldn't do the pulling, like this:

    The wagon was too heavy for him / him to pull.

    'for him' is best placed either close to the main verb 'was' or close to the main verb and its object: 'was too heavy', like this:

    The wagon was, for him, too heavy to pull.
    The wagon was too heavy for him to pull.

    You can also move 'for him' to the front of the sentence because in that position it is said to have scope over the main verb:

    For him, the wagon was too heavy to pull.

    You can also move 'for him' to the end of the sentence--as long as you add a comma (,) like this:

    The wagon was too heavy to pull, for him.

    The comma serves as a divider. It tells us 'for him' does not modify 'to pull'. If we leave out the comma, like this:

    The wagon was too heavy to pull for him.

    'for him' loses its (semantic) connection to the main verb 'was'.

    Hope that helped you out.

    All the best,
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