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    "Excited for you to do something"

    Hi there,
    While I was watching an episode of an American TV show, I heard the term
    "the kids are excited for you to come home". To my Br-English ear, it sounded a little unnatural to me. I thought it should have been "excited that your coming home" or "excited about you/your coming home". After a little thought however, I realised that we do say "happy for you to do something" . So my question is, is the construction "excited for you + infinitive" grammatical or is it just idiomatic in America? and if it is grammatical, is any construction with an "adjective + for you to" considered grammatical?(delighted, sad etc) Again, other words besides "happy" in the "for you to" construction seem a little unnatural to me.

    Last edited by mtbrg; 29-Dec-2010 at 05:59.

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    Re: "Excited for you to do something"

    As an example of standard English, it sounds odd to me too. (It sounds like something a Spanish speaker of English would say.)

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