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    #1

    Post don't know what for

    Hi all, in One Direction's song What Makes You Beautiful, the first 2 lines

    You're insecure
    Don't know what for

    It's strange to me that "what for" is used but not "for what". Do native speakers use this expression often in daily conversations?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: don't know what for

    Yes, it is common enough.

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