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    "She was shouting for her son."
    Could this sentence be used when the son is in danger and she is shouting to get help for him?

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    It sounds as if her son is too lazy to shout for himself.

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    Thanks TDOL.
    It did sound weird to me too. Believe it or not, I heard it in a film. I'd go for:
    1-She shouted for people to help her son.
    2-She shouted for help for her son.
    What do you think about these two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks TDOL.
    It did sound weird to me too. Believe it or not, I heard it in a film. I'd go for:
    1-She shouted for people to help her son.
    2-She shouted for help for her son.
    What do you think about these two?
    It does sound strange, doesn't it? Without any context, I'd say that it might mean that she called her son. For some reason, she wanted her son to answer, come to her side, or be brought to her. Remember "Old King Cole"? Here's the first part of the nursery rhyme.
    Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
    And a merry old soul was he;
    He called for his pipe,
    And he called for his bowl,
    And he called for his fiddlers three.

    He wanted those people and objects.

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