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    the use of for

    is this right?

    1. "I'm heading for home? do you need anything?"...because I think preposition
    "for" is not necessarily anymore...for me, it should be " im heading home,
    do you need anything?"

    2. situation : you're in a hotel. You call the receptionist and say " I'd like a wake up call for 6:30am...again, why did the author use " for" instead of "at"...i thought if we are talking about time, we will use the preposition "at"...


    by the way, I read those sentences online...
    im so confused...thanks^^

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    Re: the use of for

    Quote Originally Posted by chum View Post
    is this right?

    1. "I'm heading for home? do you need anything?"...because I think preposition
    "for" is not necessarily anymore...for me, it should be " im heading home,
    do you need anything?"
    No, it should be "I'm heading home. Do you need anything?"
    You can say "I'm heading for home" if you want to. The 'for' is not necessary, but I don't know what you mean by "any more". The second sentence doesn't change the need for 'for'.

    2. situation : you're in a hotel. You call the receptionist and say " I'd like a wake up call for 6:30am...again, why did the author use " for" instead of "at"...i thought if we are talking about time, we will use the preposition "at"...
    He should say:
    "I'd like a wake up call at 6:30 am." or
    "I'd like to book a wake up call for 6:30 am." (He's booking the call at night for the morning)


    by the way, I read those sentences online...
    im so confused...thanks^^
    Well you would be. Many English speakers are semi-literate, just like speakers/writers of most languages. Add to that the number of non-native users of English online, and you will realise that it's generally not a good place to learn English. Have you tried reading good literature?

    R.

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