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  1. Key Member
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    couldn't see him for ...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I couldn't see him for standing in the shadows.

    2-For standing in the shadows, I couldn't see him.
    (I couldn't see him because he was standing in the shadows.)

    3-I couldn't hear the phone ring for having headphones on.

    4-For having headphones on, I couldn't hear the phone ring.
    (I couldn't hear the phone ring because I had headphones on.)


  2. Barb_D's Avatar
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    Re: couldn't see him for ...

    Don't use this archaic style of English.
    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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