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    Part of speech - 'for'

    Hi all,
    I can't find a reference for this and could do with some help. What part of speech is the word 'for' when used with the infinitive, for example in the sentence "It's one of those gadgets for finding out where you are"?

    Instinct suggests it is a preposition, but it seems a little strange. Any suggestions gratefully received.

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    Bruce

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    Re: Part of speech - 'for'

    Quote Originally Posted by Brucec View Post
    Hi all,
    I can't find a reference for this and could do with some help. What part of speech is the word 'for' when used with the infinitive, for example in the sentence "It's one of those gadgets for finding out where you are"?

    Instinct suggests it is a preposition, but it seems a little strange. Any suggestions gratefully received.

    Thanks,
    Bruce
    "For" is a preposition here. What comes after it is a gerund, not an infinitive.

    "For" could be a preposition or a conjunction. Here it is not a conjunction obviously.

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    Re: Part of speech - 'for'

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    "For" is a preposition here. What comes after it is a gerund, not an infinitive.

    "For" could be a preposition or a conjunction. Here it is not a conjunction obviously.
    Many thanks Khosro.
    Of course it isn't the infinitive, I don't know what I was thinking!

    Anyway, yes, I guess it has to be a preposition doesn't it, followed as it is by the -ing form.

    Thanks again,
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    Re: Part of speech - 'for'

    You're welcome.

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