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    Can one say:
    1-I would be happy for him to lose.
    2-There is not one match would be happy for him to lose. (Meaning: There isn't one match I'd want him to lose.)

    My problem is that when you are 'happy for someone' you generally on their side. Can one be happy for someone to fail/die/come down in the world/ etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-I would be happy for him to lose.
    2-There is not one match would be happy for him to lose. (Meaning: There isn't one match I'd want him to lose.)

    My problem is that when you are 'happy for someone' you generally on their side. Can one be happy for someone to fail/die/come down in the world/ etc.?
    I'd be happy for him to lose means I'd be happy if he lost. You'd want him to lose. You'd wish him bad luck.
    I'd be happy for him means that you'd be happy if he was successful at something. You'd wish him good luck with something.

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    Re: happy for

    You can be happy about somebody's misfortune, but that is certainly not the same thing as being happy for them.



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    Re: happy for

    Thanks Engee and RonBee.

    So, if I understand correctly, the sentences are correct. I can be happy for someone to lose (in which case I am not happy for them).

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    Re: happy for

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thanks Engee and RonBee.

    So, if I understand correctly, the sentences are correct. I can be happy for someone to lose (in which case I am not happy for them).
    No. Say:
    I am happy that he lost.
    (I don't know what the other one means.)

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