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    #1

    babysit / babysit for

    What are the differences among the following three sentences? Thank you.

    1. She babysits our kid.
    2. She babysits for our kid.
    3. She babysits for us.

    Does #3 have a double meaning? (1) She babysits our kid. (2) She babysits us.

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    #2

    Re: babysit / babysit for

    If you are the parent and she watches your children, then use #1 or #3.

    If your children have their own children and she is the sitter for your grandchildren, then use #2.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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