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    I have 3 questions.

    I wonder if "him" is "spider" or "fly".
    But the fly was too clever for him

    Is there any difference between "1(for)" and "2(for)"?
    1. She looks young for her age.
    2. But the fly was too clever for him.

    Is there subtle difference in the meaning "3"and "4".
    3. But the fly was very clever for him.
    4. But the fly was too clever for him.

    A large spider in an old house built a beautiful web in which to catch flies. Every time a fly landed on the web and was entangled in it the spider devoured him, so that when another fly came along he would think the web was a safe and quiet place in which to rest. One day a fairly intelligent fly buzzed around above the web so long without lighting that the spider appeared and said, "Come on down." But the fly was too clever for him and said, "I never light where I don't see other flies and I don't see any other flies in your house." So he flew away until he came to a place where there were a great many other flies. He was about to settle down among them when a bee buzzed up and said, "Hold it, stupid, that's flypaper. All those flies are trapped." "Don't be silly," said the fly, "they're dancing." So he settled down and became stuck to the flypaper with all the other flies.

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    #2

    Re: I have 3 questions.

    I wonder if "him" is "spider" or "fly".
    But the fly was too clever for him. It's the spider. How could the fly be too clever for the fly?

    Is there any difference between "1(for)" and "2(for)"?
    Maybe. Please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.
    1. She looks young for her age.
    2. But the fly was too clever for him.

    Is there subtle difference in the meaning "3"and "4".
    The not-so-subtle difference is that 3 is ungrammatical.
    3. But the fly was very clever for him.
    4. But the fly was too clever for him.

    A good title for this would have been The spider and the fly.

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