Let's start with a simpler sentence (the outlook for later today, perhaps?)....Originally Posted by Unregistered
"According to the weather report the outlook is for rain."
Now let's try dropping 'for', and see what happens....
"According to the weather report the outlook is rain".
It doesn't quite work. The words 'outlook' and 'rain' are not synonymous, or even related. The outlook is the outlook, and rain is rain. You can say that the poodle is a dog, but it would be a bit strange to say that the outlook is rain.
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