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    for what?/what for?


    Do these two mean the same?


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    Re: for what?/what for?

    personally I prefer ''what for''
    as it is more appropriate for a short question.
    e.g. A: Im going out . B: Where to? (where are u going to?)

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    Exclamation Re: for what?/what for?

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post

    Do these two mean the same?

    No, the meaning and use are different.
    For what is used as a conjunction to link (two expressions) a consequence with cause, as:
    You pay for what you use.
    Be thankful for what you got
    On the other hand what for is an idiom meaning : Why?
    What are you doing that for? Or What for are you doing that?


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