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    "For" case in "The man is fishing for fish"

    In the sentence, "The man is fishing for fish.", would for fish be and example of the dative? I'm questioning this because I thought the dative benefits the noun it affects, but the fish in this sentence are not benefiting being fished for (if you know what I mean ).
    For example, I think this is dative, "The man is fishing for the children." ...that is, for their benefit.

    Thanks in advance :)

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    Re: "For" case in "The man is fishing for fish"

    It is not helpful to think of the 'dative' at all in modern English.

    The most useful way to consider 'for' in the first sentence is as a preposition meaning 'in order to obtain sth' (Oxford ALD). With this meaning, it collocates frequently with such verbs as look, hunt, fish, etc.
    In the second sentence, 'for' is simply a preposition 'used to show who is intended to have or use sth' (Oxford ALD).

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