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    of/for

    Dear Friends,

    I wonder which is the better choice (of or for) in the following:

    If you are so angry that you find yourself at a loss of/for words ...

    Are both 'of' and 'for' all right here? If yes, any difference?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: of/for

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    I wonder which is the better choice (of or for) in the following:

    If you are so angry that you find yourself at a loss of/for words ...

    Are both 'of' and 'for' all right here? If yes, any difference?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi
    The phrase is always "to be at a loss for words".


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    Re: of/for

    That's interesting because if you check the following link, you will find 519 hits for 'at a loss of words'.

    http://books.google.com/books?lr=&hl...ss+of+words%22

    Thanks, anyway.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: of/for

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    That's interesting because if you check the following link, you will find 519 hits for 'at a loss of words'.

    "at a loss of words" - Saját könyvtáram - Google Könyvek

    Thanks, anyway.

    Palinkasocsi
    Please don't use google to test correct English. The phrase is "at a loss for words".

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    Re: of/for

    But if you're going to use Google, at least search for English (language) websites written by English-speaking people. Anyone can post bad English on the 'net, whether they can use the language properly or not.

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