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    Hello,

    I have the following context:

    "President Calderon is hoping to change all this. He is keen for Chinese companies to come to Mexico as China's foreign investment last year was a meagre four million dollars."

    Please tell us if the underlined phrase is "is keen on". What is the difference between "to be keen on" and "to be keen for"?

    Actually, this is the first time I see "to be keen for".

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeUyenHoc View Post
    Hello,

    I have the following context:

    "President Calderon is hoping to change all this. He is keen for Chinese companies to come to Mexico as China's foreign investment last year was a meagre four million dollars."

    Please tell us if the underlined phrase is "is keen on". What is the difference between "to be keen on" and "to be keen for"?

    Actually, this is the first time I see "to be keen for".

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    "to be keen on" is a phrasal verb meaning "to like".
    "is keen for" is simply a verb followed by an adjective then a preposition.
    "Keen" means "enthusiastic".
    "He is enthusiastic for Chinese companies to come ...." has the same meaning.
    "He is keen about the Chinese coming ..." (assuming they are coming).

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    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you very much. Without yours, I were still embarrassed.

    (Is it ok if I use "I were still" - I'd like to use a unreal condition?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeUyenHoc View Post
    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you very much. Without yours, I were still embarrassed.

    (Is it ok if I use "I were still" - I'd like to use a unreal condition?)
    No you can't use "I were still" here.
    "Without your help, I would still be embarrassed" (?)

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    Thank you very much, Raymott

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