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    #1

    What are you doing that for?

    1) What are you doing that for?

    2) For what are you doing that?

    3) Why are you doing that?

    I have learned that what for means the same as why and then how about for what? I think that all of them mean the same, but I am not sure. What do you native English speakers think?

    Thank you and have a good day.

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    #2

    Re: What are you doing that for?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post

    I have learned that what for means the same as why and then how about for what?
    Yes, 'what for' means 'why', and 'why' means 'for what reason', so #2 should be 'For what reason are you doing that?'

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    Re: What are you doing that for?

    Thank you so much, but I can hear 'for what' a lot in movies and here and there, and then, what is the meaning of 'for what'?

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    #4

    Re: What are you doing that for?

    I'd say "for what" may be acceptable in oral, non-standard English (which is sometimes portrayed in movies).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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